TT Games spent $1,000,000 pitching a Hobbit game

LEGO video games studio TT Games spent $1,000,000 to pitch a The Hobbit video game to Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro.

Back before The Hobbit films were released, when they were still in development with Guillermo del Toro attached, TT Games pitched a tie-in video game. They spent an incredible $1,000,000 building several playable levels and tech demos to produce a beautiful, lifelike demo to pitch the concept to Peter Jackson and del Toro.

While TT Games founder Jon Burton received a positive reception as he pitched in New Zealand, Warner Bros. did not want to move forward with the project.

“In the end, Warner Bros. decided that they wanted a game that wasn’t based directly on the movie but happened in the same world at the same time. I disagreed with that approach as I felt you could release a movie based game with the movie then do a game set in the world as a sequel down the line,” Burton explains in a new YouTube video.

“Besides, we got to make LEGO Hobbit and LEGO Lord of the Rings anyhow.”

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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