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Hobbit lawsuit update

07.17.2009

The Hobbit Remember that lawsuit J.R.R. Tolkien's son, Christopher Tolkien, and his family's charity, The Tolkien Trust, filed against New Line and Time Warner Inc. for failure to give the Tolkien family their share of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy's immense profits? Well, it's still happening.

The gist of the lawsuit is that Christopher Tolkien is suing New Line and Time Warner for 220 million dollars because they reneged on paying the 7.5% profit share the Tolkien family was promised in the original deal J.R.R. Tolkien made when he sold the film rights to the novels forty years ago. What's more, the family wants to halt production on the currently in pre-production under Guillermo Del Toro prequel THE HOBBIT.

Tolkien and Time Warner have been engaged in settlement talks for quite a while but things aren't looking too promising and it's quite possible the case will go to trial. And if that happens, Tolkien's lawyer, Bonnie Eskenazi, had this to say: "Should this case go all the way through trial, we are confident that New Line will lose its right to release ‘The Hobbit.'" Wowsers.

There's a hell of a lot more to the lawsuit than that, it seems, and if you're interested, Bloomberg recently wrote up a very detailed explanation of everything. Check it out over HERE.

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Extra Tidbit: The original novel was published on 21st September 1937.
Source: Bloomberg

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1:25PM on 07/18/2009

At the end of the day

the family DOES have the rights and New Line just needs to fucking pay the people. They made enough damn money and god forbid they pay legal fees. They need to get this issue done with and get to filming before Ian McKellen dies.
the family DOES have the rights and New Line just needs to fucking pay the people. They made enough damn money and god forbid they pay legal fees. They need to get this issue done with and get to filming before Ian McKellen dies.
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6:33AM on 07/18/2009
I'm sure the Tolkiens are not upset about how the movies turned out. They're probably f'n grateful that the movies are so damn phenomenal. BUT they DID create the mythology (his Dad did at least) so I guess they have a right to demand for what's theirs.

Give them their damn money, New Line and let's see this baby get released! Mark my words, movies are going to start rescheduling to avoid releasing around The Hobbit(s). Who wants to go to a box-office war against something that has 'Del
I'm sure the Tolkiens are not upset about how the movies turned out. They're probably f'n grateful that the movies are so damn phenomenal. BUT they DID create the mythology (his Dad did at least) so I guess they have a right to demand for what's theirs.

Give them their damn money, New Line and let's see this baby get released! Mark my words, movies are going to start rescheduling to avoid releasing around The Hobbit(s). Who wants to go to a box-office war against something that has 'Del Toro', 'Peter Jackson', and friggin' 'Lord Of The Rings' writen on it? That's a like a suicide move.
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5:48PM on 07/17/2009

Get a job

Spoilt little brat. Go and get a job and stop taking money off your dad.
Spoilt little brat. Go and get a job and stop taking money off your dad.
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3:29AM on 07/18/2009
Christopher Tolkien is not just some spoiled child who sits around and does nothing except collect money from his father. He is actively involved in continuing his father's legacy. There are several books that were released that were made possible because Tolkien took the time to go over his father's old manuscripts and edit them so that they could be offered to the public. He invests time in his father's work.

Now, you might think that he is just releasing these books to make money off
Christopher Tolkien is not just some spoiled child who sits around and does nothing except collect money from his father. He is actively involved in continuing his father's legacy. There are several books that were released that were made possible because Tolkien took the time to go over his father's old manuscripts and edit them so that they could be offered to the public. He invests time in his father's work.

Now, you might think that he is just releasing these books to make money off of his dad. Perhaps, but the fact that he took the time to edit the material shows that he at least handles the work with some care. However, let's not forget that Chris Tolkien is asking for the percentage the original contract promised! He is asking New Line to honor that contract (that his father determined) and give them what is rightfully theirs. New Line is withholding money that was contracted to them. This is not a matter of Tolkien seeking more money; instead, this is simply a matter of New Line not giving them what was agreed upon.

I don't see any reason why your comment is justified.
3:03PM on 07/17/2009

I'm I reding it right?

Even if the family gets the money, they want stop the production of the Hobbit anyway?
Even if the family gets the money, they want stop the production of the Hobbit anyway?
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3:02PM on 07/17/2009

Pay the Tolkiens!

Tolkien's family should be given any amount they ask for because they deserve it!!!!!!
Tolkien's family should be given any amount they ask for because they deserve it!!!!!!
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2:13PM on 07/17/2009

Pay the Tolkiens!

New Line ripped off so many people with the Lord of the Rings trilogy: Peter Jackson, various actors and now the Tolkien family. I'm fully behind the Tolkien family on this, and I hope they get what they deserve.
New Line ripped off so many people with the Lord of the Rings trilogy: Peter Jackson, various actors and now the Tolkien family. I'm fully behind the Tolkien family on this, and I hope they get what they deserve.
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1:57PM on 07/17/2009

i know it's getting old and is not the place

but i'll throw McAvoy into the mix
but i'll throw McAvoy into the mix
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1:39PM on 07/17/2009
When I was 7, my dad read "The Hobbit" picture book to me every night and that likely is why I love fantasy so much today, thanks to Tolkien. I'd love to see the movie made (the cartoon movie was great ages ago), but the Tolkiens deserve what was agreed upon.
When I was 7, my dad read "The Hobbit" picture book to me every night and that likely is why I love fantasy so much today, thanks to Tolkien. I'd love to see the movie made (the cartoon movie was great ages ago), but the Tolkiens deserve what was agreed upon.
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1:38PM on 07/17/2009
greedy bugger studio vampire gangsters. didnt want to pay Jackson either. they are not going to stop the moneymaking magnet of the Hobbit, they're just goning to have to share.
greedy bugger studio vampire gangsters. didnt want to pay Jackson either. they are not going to stop the moneymaking magnet of the Hobbit, they're just goning to have to share.
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1:35PM on 07/17/2009
As much as I want to see The Hobbit....good for them for not lying down and taking it. Just pay them their money!!! $220 mil is nothing to the 3 billion they have had in profits on everything related...and every time a DVD sells, they make more.
As much as I want to see The Hobbit....good for them for not lying down and taking it. Just pay them their money!!! $220 mil is nothing to the 3 billion they have had in profits on everything related...and every time a DVD sells, they make more.
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1:20PM on 07/17/2009

Sounds good.

If the Tolkien family wants to cash in on the billion dollar movie franchise inspired by the books of their figurehead -- and they were promised money -- they have every right to do so.

That's messed up of New Line if they hadn't considered the Tolkiens at all.

"Oh, well J.R.R.'s been dead for a while...we thought you'd be cool with it."

Nah, man. Give the Tolkiens that money.
If the Tolkien family wants to cash in on the billion dollar movie franchise inspired by the books of their figurehead -- and they were promised money -- they have every right to do so.

That's messed up of New Line if they hadn't considered the Tolkiens at all.

"Oh, well J.R.R.'s been dead for a while...we thought you'd be cool with it."

Nah, man. Give the Tolkiens that money.
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1:15PM on 07/17/2009
I understand the Tolkein's wanting their cut, but damn I want this movie made. I assume they want to stop production until they actually get paid? I say pay and get on with it.
I understand the Tolkein's wanting their cut, but damn I want this movie made. I assume they want to stop production until they actually get paid? I say pay and get on with it.
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1:00PM on 07/17/2009
NOOOOOO....well even though i would like to see The Hobbit it may open up some space for Del Toro to do some other stuff-which is good.
NOOOOOO....well even though i would like to see The Hobbit it may open up some space for Del Toro to do some other stuff-which is good.
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