Tolkien suit may hobble Hobbit
When not preparing JRR Tolkien’s laundry lists, post-it notes and chequestubs for publication, the late writer’s family keep a very close eye on any supposed encroachment on their valuable copyright. The clan has now taken action that may jeopardise the production of Guillermo del Toro’s two-part version of The Hobbit.
The case focuses on Tolkien’s decision to sell the film rights in 1969 for a fee of £250,000 (¤288,000) and a rumoured 7.5 per cent share of future profits. The family claim that they have yet to receive any money from New Line Films. The studio argues that the terms of the original contract are ambiguous.
“Should the case go all the way to trial, we are confident that New Line will lose its rights to The Hobbit,” a lawyer for Christopher Tolkien, the author’s son, boldly claimed. With this much money at stake, we reckon they’ll come to a settlement.