Jackson replies to New Line allegations
Yesterday I wrote about the New Line statement about Peter Jackson, well soon after Jackson and WingNut Films replied to those statements with a much more composed and much less personal statement of their own.
You can see the statement over the page, and without knowing all the facts of the case, researching all the documentation available and not being in the inside circle of either party, Jackson seems to be conducting himself the best and from appearances he looks to be in the right.
That's the point here, the majority of people will not delve right into the details but will rely on the statements and how each side conducts itself, but in the end it'll all be forgotten, money will change hands, and perhaps we'll still see Jackson helm Hobbit, wherever it is.
Here's the full statement...
"Our issue with New Line Cinema has only ever been about their refusal to account for financial anomalies that surfaced from a partial audit of The Fellowship of the Ring. Contrary to recent comments made by Bob Shaye, we attempted to discuss the issues raised by the Fellowship audit with New Line for over a year but the studio was and continues to be completely uncooperative. This has compelled us to file a lawsuit to pursue our contractual rights under the law. Nobody likes taking legal action, but the studio left us with no alternative.
For over two years, New Line has denied us the ability to audit The Two Towers and The Return of the King, despite repeated requests. Film auditing is a common and straightforward practice within the industry and we don't understand why New Line Cinema has taken this position.
In light of these circumstances, I didn't think it was appropriate for me to be involved in New Line Cinema's 40th Anniversary video. I have never discussed this video with any of the cast of The Lord of the Rings. The issues that Bob Shaye has with the cast pre-date this law suit by many years.
Fundamentally, our legal action is about holding New Line to its contractual obligations and promises. It is regrettable that Bob has chosen to make it personal. I have always had the highest respect and affection for Bob and other senior management at New Line and continue to do so."
I'm with Rafe on this one, the story isn't over but it's pretty much laid out. WingNut will win over New Line, or at least they'll have to pay something to keep this from being a long and protracted court case with negative publicity galore. Then it'll be interesting to see who owns The Hobbit rights, and who's in charge at New Line at that point.
I think it's interesting that the comments previously made were from Shaye and not so much New Line, whereas this statement is an official WingNut statement and very much factual and to the point.
Sometimes honesty, restraint and indeed staying quiet, is the best policy.