Wednesday, 13 February 2008

New Line Cinema sued by Tolkien estate

New Line Cinema just seems to lurch from one PR disaster to another. First they were involved in a lengthy legal battle with Peter Jackson over unpaid royalties for the Lord of the Rings films, now they are involved in a similar dispute with the estate of Tolkien over $150 million. Apparently, Tolkien's estate received a desultory payment of $62,500 and have received nothing since in terms of royalties.

The worst part is the revelation that "legal action could delay an expected prequel to the fantasy epics."

I remember seeing an interview with one of the fat cats at New Line and I thought at the time he was a slimy bastard, so the news the company is involved in more legal wrangling over profits doesn't come as much of a surprise. It's just another indication that Hollywood is about money rather than art.

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