Press Release: Disney to Acquire Middle-earth Enterprises […]
Burbank, CA and Berkeley, CA, April 1, 2013 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Middle-earth Enterprises in a stock and cash transaction. Middle-earth Enterprises, formerly known as Tolkien Enterprises, is a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, headquartered in Berkeley, California.
Under the terms of the agreement, the transaction value is $10 billion (US). The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.
By last check, the Mouse Collective has now assimilated: ABC, ESPN, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios (including the ongoing blockbuster Avengers franchise), and of course Star Wars.
So now we could theoretically see Aragorn duel Darth Vader, or Samwise go gardening with R2D2.
Or other partnership possibilities arise, as this fine work of journalism reveals:
“Pixar is especially excited about combining the genius of JRR Tolkien and our animators. We’ve wanted to get our hands on Tom Bombadil’s yellow boots and bright blue jacket for ages,” enthused Ed Catmull, president of Pixar, a division of Disney. “From the early poems to the Old Forest I hope to bring Tom to life for a new generation of Middle-earth fans. I’m particularly interested in bringing ‘Bombadil goes Boating’ to the big screen.”
What Disney Empire crossover products with Middle-earth would you like(?) to see?