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Tolkien Estate sues New Line Cinemas


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This movie could very well never be made...

If there is one project most people on the planet are gunning to see made it is the Peter Jackson produced adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. However, the brakes might've been put on the project for the umpteenth time and the reason why is all too familiar and all too depressing.

Yahoo News is reporting that The Tolkien Trust, caretakers of the author's estate are suing New Line Cinema for failing to pay the estate an agreed percentage of the grosses of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Now if you cast your mind back, the whole reason it took so long to get Peter Jackson back on board was because, yes you guessed it, he had to sue New Line after they tried to block him out of his agreed cut of the profits. New Line's reasoning? Pete made enough money anyway, he doesn't need more. Could Bob Shaye be so stupid and greedy that he actually tried to con the director AND some of the cast and crew AND now the author's estate out of their dues? How dirty and greedy can one studio be? Granted New Line has been treading water as a studio for a good few years now but that's pretty low.

Steven Maier, a lawyer for the Tolkien estate in the UK, said in a statement. "New Line has not paid the plaintiffs even one penny of its contractual share of gross receipts despite the billions of dollars of gross revenue generated by these wildly successful motion pictures."

Maier also says the studio has blocked the Tolkien estate from auditing the receipts of the last two films. A sure sign of a company with nothing to hide.

The most worrying aspect of this court case is what the estate is asking for. Not only are they asking for $150 million worth of compensatory damages and punitive damages, they are also petitioning for a court order giving them the right to terminate any rights New Line have to make films based on any other works by Tolkien - including The Hobbit. That's right: because of another allegation of fleecing people, New Line may have potentially deprived the people of seeing the further adventures of Bilbo.

What do you think? Would the Tolkien estate be right to cut all ties to New Line after they alledgedly tried to frisk them out of hundreds of millions worth of residuals and thus putting the future of The Hobbit in jeopardy, or should they take their damages and bury the hatchet as Peter Jackson eventually did?

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Eddie Jewell (2/12/2008)
Greedy sumB@#$hes!!!!!

New Line or the Tolkien Trust?

Because I put all this blame on New Line and New Line only. The Tolkien Trust consists of people related to the original author of the books, and they have sole ownership of the rights to all Tolkiens works, so they are entitled to royalties, but New Line for whatever reason refuses to pay them. It's the same reason Peter Jackson sued New Line Cinemas, for whatever reason NL was under the impression that since they produced the movie then they get every last cent for it and no one else gets anything.

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New Line. I should have specified. Sorry.:P

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Eddie Jewell (2/12/2008)
Greedy sumB@#$hes!!!!!

New Line or the Tolkien Trust?

Because I put all this blame on New Line and New Line only. The Tolkien Trust consists of people related to the original author of the books, and they have sole ownership of the rights to all Tolkiens works, so they are entitled to royalties, but New Line for whatever reason refuses to pay them. It's the same reason Peter Jackson sued New Line Cinemas, for whatever reason NL was under the impression that since they produced the movie then they get every last cent for it and no one else gets anything.

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