Games Workshop Secures Lord of the Rings Licensing Deal
30th January 2001
We are extremely pleased to announce that Games Workshop has signed a worldwide exclusive agreement
with New Line Productions Inc, to design a tabletop wargame based on the forthcoming Lord of the Rings film
We are confident that the combination of the Lord of the Rings story, the huge pre-awareness of the films,
and Games Workshop's top flight game and model design skills will produce an outstanding series of
tabletop battlegames. The opportunity to work on this game was one we couldn't ignore, especially as it was
Tolkien's work which, in part, inspired the fantasy wargaming hobby. The game will appeal to our existing
customers, Lord of the Rings fans and new players alike." Michael Sherwin, Chief Financial Officer of Games
David Imhoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Licensing & Merchandising, of New Line Inc Productions
adds: "Games Workshop is the world leader in creating tabletop battle games. With their 25 years of
successful experience, they are the clear choice for this project. We believe Games Workshop will be a great
fit for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy."
The rules will be written by Rick Priestley, creator of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, and the game,
miniatures and other associated hobby products will receive the full attention of Games Workshop's best
designers and artists.
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is based on the J.R.R Tolkien's classic series of fantasy books, which were
collectively voted as the 'Book of the Century' last year. The films are currently in production in New Zealand
with the first film "The Fellowship of the Ring", slated for December 2001 release. Peter Jackson, whose credits
include "Heavenly Creatures" and "The Frighteners", is directing the trilogy. The international cast features Sir
Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood.