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Tolkien Estate Suing New Line Cinema

Postby spknoevl » Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:27 am

My wife pointed out a small article in yesterday's paper about the Tolkien estate is now suing New Line Cinema saying they have received no money from The Lord of the Rings films.
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Postby Bmat » Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:58 am

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080212/ap_ ... en_lawsuit

The plaintiffs seek more than $150 million in compensatory damages, unspecified punitive damages and a court order giving the Tolkien estate the right to terminate any rights New Line may have to make films based on other works by the author, including "The Hobbit."
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Postby RHFay » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:43 am

Money definitely seems to bring out the worst in people. While New Line should absolutely abide by the contract, squashing The Hobbit movies just seems counter-productive.

The Tolkien estate won't get any money out of movies that are never made!
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Postby Merle » Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:41 pm

It's leverage.
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Postby Bmat » Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:47 pm

Iz!!!!

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Postby RHFay » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:59 am

My wife says she would sue. I guess she's more protective of my rights than I am.

I hope they can negotiate a deal. In the long run, it will only hurt Tolkien's legacy if the Hobbit movies are never made because of a money dispute.

Apparently, movie studios are notorious for doing this - contracting a certain amount and then never paying, using creative accounting to report a loss, etc.

I guess the moral of the story here is - if your work is made into a film, make sure you've got some good lawyers on stand-by.

My personal view - it shouldn't even have to come to this. What is wrong with people, anyway?

Oh, wait, I know - greed!
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Postby spknoevl » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:12 am

Well, Peter Jackson had the same problem with New Line not paying him his negotiated share.

I'm sure there will be a settlement. New Line can already see the dollar signs that a 2-part Hobbit movie will generate.
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Postby Violanthe » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:47 am

I think they certainly have every right to sue. They sold the rights, and so they should get compensation for that sale.
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