Tolkien Trust Sues New Line – May Kill “Hobbit”

From today’s Slashdot:

“The AP is reporting that the Tolkien Trust and HarperCollins are suing New Line Cinema for $150 million in compensatory damages, unspecified punitive damages, and a court order revoking New Line’s rights to produce any more films on Tolkien properties.

The Tolkien Trust is managed (and was set up by) the youngest of the four Tolkien children, Christopher. At age 77 he established the trust to watch over the interests in dad’s estate after the last of his children pass away.

The AP reports here that, “[t]he Tolkien Trust says that New Line paid them only $62,500 to make ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy of films — instead of the agreed-upon 7.5 percent of gross receipts of all film-related revenue. The suit may set back, if not kill, a film adaptation of Lord of the Rings prequel ‘The Hobbit,’ which Peter Jackson had recently signed up to make after his own legal row with the studio over payment for the sequels.”

Christopher Tolkien (who I think is the Trustee) is currently represented by Manches & Co in London… And man am I jealous of that client!

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