Nerds rejoice, for Middle-Earth could be just an admission ticket (and probable road trip) away! It is rumored that the extraordinary success of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, along with the still-grossing The Hobbit, has led Warner Bros. to consider expanding the magical world into real-life. Read more about which movie's theme park inspired the decision and other details after the jump!
I'm letting my LOTR obsession flag fly rampantly all over this post. Although it is only rumored, the news is a logical next step. These studios need more gold-filled vaults to swim in, and I'm already saving up to throw my checking account at them. To immerse yourself into the fictional folklore and culture of JRR Tolkien's creation? To ride on roller coasters with impending nazgul danger abound? MY HEAD IS EXPLODING LIKE AN ORC'S BLOOD-LUST IN BATTLE!
How was the theme park's discussion first sparked? By the success of Universal Studio's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! The theme park in Orlando has profited enormously since its gates were opened summer 2010, and a new world is currently under construction in Hollywood. Given the success of the Harry Potter series' leap from book to movie to theme park, studios have looked to the Tolkien tales to follow in wildly popular footsteps.
Warner Bros., which already has a long relationship with the Tolkiens thanks to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films (if not always a happy one), talked up the success of Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, describing how faithfully the park translated J.K. Rowling’s vision. The Tolkiens reportedly spoke with Rowling herself, and apparently liked what they heard. Universal then got in contact with the Tolkiens to discuss their ideas.
If the rumors are true, the deliberation is still in the baby stages. This Lord of the Rings park may take years to come to fruition, but all diehard Tolkien fans can hold hands (with me) and wait, patiently. And no, New Zealand's preservation of The Shire is nowhere near my budget.
Are you thrilled about this rumor? Would you visit this theme park?