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New Line will not work with Peter Jackson

PeterJackson.jpgSounds like New Line will never make The Hobbit film while Robert Shaye is at the helm and Peter Jackson is busy suing them.

According to his rather embittered comments he's not happy with the man, although he does respect him as a director.

"I do not want to make a movie with somebody who is suing me...It will never happen during my watch...

...He got a quarter of a billion dollars paid to him so far, justifiably, according to contract, completely right, and this guy, who already has received a quarter of a billion dollars, turns around without wanting to have a discussion with us and sues us and refuses to discuss it unless we just give in to his plan. I don't want to work with that guy anymore. Why would I? So the answer is he will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I'm still working for the company"...

...Shaye said that many of the Rings trilogy actors "suddenly, because, I'm guessing, of Peter's complaint," have declined to participate in celebrating New Line's 40th anniversary. "I'm incredibly offended," he said. "I don't care about Peter Jackson anymore. He wants to have another $100 million or $50 million, whatever he's suing us for. He doesn't want to sit down and talk about it. He thinks that we owe him something after we've paid him over a quarter of a billion dollars. ... Cheers, Peter."

Those harsh and pretty final comments come from OneRing.net through SciFi Wire.

I think it's fair to say we won't see Jackson doing the Hobbit with New Line in the near future. Something is going to have to change for that to happen. We're either going to see a new director, the rights go to a different company, a drop of the law suit, or a change of the heads of the company.





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The quote is pretty funny. Interpreting: "We gave him a quarter of a billion dollars. What does the contract say? Who cares...it's a quarter of a billion dollars. Did you hear me say a quarter of a billion?" Given his focus on the amount, it makes you wonder if Jackson is right about the financials.

If the contract were the only requirement for who's right and who's wrong then I'd have expected to see New Line suing Jackson rather than the other way round (for not delivering the three films in one go as agreed, for delivering the first film massively over the budget that had been agreed for all three films etc etc).

People forget that New Line were the ones who took huge risks and were in very serious danger of bankrupting their company while Jackson happily spent the whole wad on the first movie, crossing his fingers hoping the first movie would fly and he'd be able to dig himself out of the hole he'd made in not getting anywhere near finishing the next two in the "trilogy" (sic).

You only have to compare the "Gollum" in the first film to that in the second and third film to realise how completely far off delivering all three films they were at the launch of "Fellowship"

It was New Line who very early on forced the "night of the long knives" at Weta when they realised what dire shape the project was in, sending out the talent to NZ to make sure things got done at Weta Digital. Left to Jackson would that "difficult" night of the long lives have happened? And if it hadn't happened would we have had anything like the quality we finally got in a film so reliant on digital effects?

The indulgent (but allegedly very necessary) "reshoots" for TTT and ROTK alone cost more than most tentpole movies cost off the bat. None of that was in "the contract".

And if you read the "unofficial" biography by Ian Prior you'll see that Jackson's love of legal action with former friends, usually with no hint of any kind of disagreement beforehand and certainly not any kind of direct discussion, are par for the course.

Now I'm not saying New Line are angels, and there were mistakes on both sides but it's annoying how one-sided all the ignorant knee-jerk reaction is. I guess we're now in for endless blog postings about how nasty the suits are and whilst it's hard to "like" Shaye (the words "arrogant", "obnoxious" and "asshole" come to mind for some reason but I may be over-reacting to the way I saw him treat an underling when I was in NZ) it's good to see him standing behind Mark Ordesky who's the guy who moved Heaven and Earth to get Jackson in at New Line, only to seemingly get shafted good and proper by his "friend".

As for the actors standing behind Jackson... to those who know what was really happening around the launch of ROTK when they were asking for more money for all the promotional work they were having to do, this is hilarious. When they kept being told "New Line won't pay" who did they REALLY think was insisting to New Line that they mustn't be paid more on the one hand, whilst on the other telling them to their faces that they really deserved more?!

One day the real story of who was the most Machievellian player in all of this will come out because the list of victims (Stephen Sinclair, Stuart Townsend, Christopher Lee, Howard Shore, Mark Ordesky) keeps growing and nobody is looking at how the different situations were dealt with, who was the cause of those situations, who's actually come out of this hugely successful movies with very little money (so far as New Zealand's concerned, seemingly everyone except Peter Jackson!), and who's come out with countless millions.

In the meantime all the posturing and reactions are at least showing how farcical the spin we keep being given on how wonderful the whole experience was for everyone involved. Until now people have either been too gentlemanly to dish the dirt (which is my guess as to why Stephen Sincalir and Howard Shore continually refuse to discuss what happened when they were suddenly and without warning "let go") or just too scared they'll "never work in this town again" if they spill the beans (where is Stuart Townsend these days, anyway?!)

You apparently have a much better handle on the situation than the vast majority of the rest of us. You say "people forget" when most of us never knew in the first place. Needless to say, I haven't researched it at all and couldn't care less who was to blame. The quote grabbed me as funny...that's all. Don't read more into it than that.

You only have to compare the "Gollum" in the first film to that in the second and third film to realise how completely far off delivering all three films they were at the launch of "Fellowship"

I presume you mean the Gollum we barely get to see in the first film because he doesn't actually have anything much to do with the story until the second film, hence why we didn't actually need to see much of him in the first film?

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