Press release • May 10, 2024 • 09:15

Embracer Group’s Middle-earth Enterprises confirms that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Philippa Boynes will return to produce feature films set in the cinematic universe of “The Lord of the Rings”

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Embracer Group AB (”Embracer”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Middle-earth-Enterprises confirms today that Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, alongside the Oscar-winning team behind the nearly $6 billion blockbuster The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are reuniting to produce two new films from Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The first film is set for theatrical release in 2026.

The Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum[1] will be directed by and star Andy Serkis (Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle), with Walsh and Boyens set to write the screenplay, along with Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou (The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim). The film will be executive produced by Ken Kamins, with Serkis and The Imaginarium’s Jonathan Cavendish.

“We’re delighted that our partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema has allowed for such a creative collaboration. Continuing to explore the fertile world of Middle-earth under the stewardship of the incomparable Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & team is hugely exciting for all parties and most importantly, for the fans who we believe will be elated with the news. Middle-earth Enterprises is committed to creating an environment where the world’s leading artists can create and thrive across a diverse form of media, and there can be no greater honor than continuing to explore the cinematic landscape of Middle-earth with such exceptional talent”, says Lee Guinchard, CEO Freemode and President of Middle-earth Enterprises.

Today’s announcement follows the previously announced news from February 2023, where Embracer confirmed that Middle-earth Enterprises and New Line Cinema were to further explore the cinematic universe of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

For more information, please contact:
Oscar Erixon, Head of Investor Relations
Phone: + 46 730 24 91 42
Email: oscar.erixon@embracer.com

Arman Teimouri, Head of External Relations
Phone: +46 793 33 05 60
Email: arman.teimouri@embracer.com

Lee Guinchard, CEO Freemode and President Middle-earth Enterprises
Email: lee.guinchard@middleearth.com

About Embracer Group
Embracer Group is a global Group of creative and entrepreneurial businesses in PC, console, mobile and board games and other related media. The Group has an extensive catalog of over 900 owned or controlled franchises. With its head office based in Karlstad, Sweden, Embracer Group has a global presence through its eleven operative groups: THQ Nordic, PLAION, Coffee Stain, Amplifier Game Invest, DECA Games, Gearbox Entertainment, Easybrain, Asmodee, Dark Horse, Freemode and Crystal Dynamics – Eidos. The Group has 111 internal game development studios and is engaging more than 12,000 employees in more than 40 countries.

Embracer Group’s shares are publicly listed on Nasdaq Stockholm under the ticker EMBRAC B.

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About Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group
Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group is comprised of Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures Animation. Warner Bros. partners with the world’s most inspiring storytellers to create extraordinary entertainment on every screen for the global audience. Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group has been at the forefront of the motion picture industry since its inception and continues to be a leading creative force, producing the broadest slate of films for worldwide theatrical release.

About Middle-earth Enterprises
Middle-earth Enterprises owns exclusive worldwide rights to motion picture, merchandising, stage and other rights in certain literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We have produced and licensed films, stage productions and merchandise based on these Tolkien works for more than four decades. Inspired by a deep appreciation for the fictional world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-earth Enterprises is dedicated to working with businesses providing quality products in accordance with best green business and sustainability practices, including fair trade, equality in the workplace, and a commitment to protect our earth, its wondrous beauty and the viability of every living creature.

www.middleearth.com

[1] Working title

Contact

Arman Teimouri Head of External Relations +46 54 53 56 50 press@embracer.com
Oscar Erixon Head of Investor Relations +46 730 24 91 42 oscar.erixon@embracer.com

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Embracer Group is a global group of creative and entrepreneurial businesses in PC/console, mobile and board games and other related media. The Group has an extensive catalog of over 900 owned or controlled franchises.

With its head office based in Karlstad, Sweden, Embracer Group has a global presence through its eleven operative groups: THQ Nordic, PLAION, Coffee Stain, Amplifier Game Invest, DECA Games, Gearbox Entertainment, Easybrain, Asmodee Group, Dark Horse Media, Freemode and Crystal Dynamics – Eidos. The Group has 109 internal game development studios and is engaging more than 12,000 employees in more than 40 countries.