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Jackson to return to Hobbit?

PeterJackson.jpgThe Hobbit farce gets even more complicated with word that the rights return to Tolkein Enterprises next year and that Peter Jackson will direct Hobbit through them.

According to Saul Zaentz, the owner of Tolkien Enterprises:

It will definitely be shot by Peter Jackson. The question is only when. He wants to shoot another movie first. Next year the Hobbit-rights will fall back to my company. I suppose that Peter will wait because he knows that he will make the best deal with us. And he is fed up with the studios: to get his profit share on the rings trilogy he had to sue New Line. With us in contrast he knows that he will be paid fairly and artistically supported without reservation.

Does this story from TheOneRing.net mean that the letter Jackson wrote recently was more to delay his part in the film so that the rights fall back to Tolkein Enterprises and Jackson will be asked to direct with a more attractive salary offering? Surely if New Line and MGM race ahead with production they can secure the film, I would have thought that the rights would only return if the production wasn't happening?

Still though, there are the conflicting comments. New Line say no, as you can see from the previous story above, and MGM say a resounding yes to Jackson directing.

Just what is going on here? I think Jackson is in a really strong position right now and whatever happens he'll come out the good guy. If they don't use him and the film goes ahead then he was the guy who started it all and no matter how good the film turns out there will always be a belief that Jackson would have done it better. If he does make it with MGM then he'll be seen to break New Line, and if he makes it with Tolkein Enterprises then he gets his extra cash and will be seen to break both studios. Winner all round.



Mr. Jackong, how much money do you want? Are your negotiations with New Line working well, concerning the benefits of LOTR? Everythin all right?? Sweet, sweet. Ah, and congratulations to the surgeon who made your liposuction.

HAHAHAHAHA this is the best post I've read today. I love the sarcasm!

As I understand it Newline hold the production rights to the Hobbit movie and MGM hold the distribution rights. Newline can make a movie if they want but it aint going into cinemas without MGM's say so. MGM and PJ can afford to wait.
Not sure why posters are so down on PJ. His lawsuit is totally legit and within the terms of his contract. If he is entitled to more then what's the problem ?

FemBot: I think the problem a lot of people have is that Jackson didn't exactly walk away from LotR a poor man. He got filthy rich off that project, regardless of profit sharing issues. The law suit coupled with his apparent maneuvering to get the directorship of The Hobbit through Tolkein Enterprises instead of New Line (and for the record, New Line offered to settle out of court to get Jackson on board) is just making him look bitter and greedy to some. Myself included.

Richard: Thanks for stopping by my page yesterday. It's tough getting off the ground so every little bit helps.

No problem, happy to see you here - and I know how difficult and how much work it needs! Good luck.

ISO100 took the words out of my mouth. That's exactly what I wanted to say.


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