Tolkien son not happy with hol­ly­wood

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY -

Christo­pher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien and ex­ecu­tor of his fa­ther’s lit­er­ary es­tate, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment in the films made by Peter Jack­son.

Dur­ing his first in­ter­view in 40 years in June, with the French publi­ca­tion Le Monde, Tolkien, 87, said that Jack­son “evis­cer­ated the book by mak­ing it” into “an ac­tion movie for young peo­ple aged 15 to 25,” he said of the “Lord of the Rings” films. “And it seems that ‘The Hob­bit’ will be the same kind of film.”

Ac­cord­ing to the story, in 1969, Tolkien sold the movie and mer­chan­dis­ing rights to “The Hob­bit” and “Lord of the Rings” to United Artists.

While the films in­creased sales of the books, the es­tate had to sue for a share of the al­most $3 bil­lion the films have made world­wide.

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