The Hobbit is now legal. Barely legal!

Posted on 09 September 2009 by Quaid

It was a close call, friends and strangers, but it looks like the legal dispute that threatened to hold up Guillermo del Toro’s two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit” has been settled.

Hobbit1Let’s be fair…it’s not really a surprise.  With so much money on the line and Warner Bros. in heavy pre-production on the films, it was all but decreed that a settlement would occur.

Back in February of 2008, the Tolkein estate sued New Line Cinema for over $150 million in profits from the Rings films.  It also sought to block the release of The Hobbit once it was completed.

Well, I’m guessing the Tolkeins got quite a bit of money out of this, but the specific details of the deal have been kept tightly under wraps.  

Who cares about the money, though.  The most important thing is what Christopher Tolkein said shortly following the announcement:

“New Line may now proceed with its proposed films of ‘The Hobbit.’”

I’d like to think that this quote was followed by a maniacal laugh as Christopher declared himself the Goblin King of Middle Earth and called on Sauron to smite the evildoers.

I’m developing a screenplay based on this imagined event.                           

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. ParryOtter Says:

    Hahaha, I can imagine that as well.

    I’m so excited for this!

  2. Janna Says:

    i absolutly hate the hobit and everything about it! it is the most boring book ever! my english teacher is obsessed with it and all i have done in the past few months has to do with the stupid hobit!!!! its so freakin annoying!!! no offense anyone

  3. Lashaun Christeson Says:

    Thanks for sharing this one!

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