New Line Cinema is a film studio and subsidary of Warner Bros. known for being the distributor of many film franchises, including The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Austin Powers, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Mortal Kombat (1995), Elf, and Rush Hour.
Because of their status as a subsidiary of Time Warner, Warner Bros. had access to use elements from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, although they had to make a licensing deal with Middle-Earth Enterprises, as they are the primary owners of J.R.R. Tolkein's works.
- New Line Cinema has a heavy presence in the horror film industry, as they are the owners of several acclaimed franchises such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Conjuring, Final Destination, and was the distributor for the films in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series from 1990 to 2006.
- This allowed A Nightmare on Elm Street's main antagonist Freddy Krueger, to appear as playable DLC in the 2011 reboot of the Mortal Kombat series, the first game in that franchise to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
- New Line Cinema also previously owned a share of the Friday the 13th franchise, with the other half owned by Paramount Pictures. However, in a deal with Paramount that allowed Warner Bros. to be able to distribute Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, they relinquished their share of the rights, and is now no longer associated with the franchise.
- Nevertheless, the main antagonist of Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees, showed up as a playable DLC character in 2015's Mortal Kombat X shortly after this deal was made, possbily due to fan requests after rival Freddy Krueger appeared in the previous game. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's main antagonist Leatherface also appears in this game as a DLC character.