The people running the charitable trust of Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien sued New Line Cinema Corp. in Los Angeles court today for allegedly cheating it out of at least $150 million from the blockbuster movie trilogy, which has earned about $6 billion. The plaintiffs pointed to a 1969 contract with the studio that held the original rights to the work [stating they] were entitled to 7.5% of gross receipts from the films and related products, “less certain expenses.”
L.A. Times reporter Thomas Mulligan saves the best part of his story for the last paragraph, to wit: “In addition to $150 million in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages, the trust seeks to terminate New Line’s rights, which would bring The Hobbit to a halt.”
So give us some! (tromp, tromp). So give us some! (tromp, tromp). Hummm, good!…hummm, good! So give us some! (tromp, tromp). So give us some! (tromp, tromp).