Remove ads with our VIP Service
Share This Page
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 
- King Kong 
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 
Add Your Comments
- Scranton, PA: Iron Horse Movie Bistro Opening April 28, 2017 [4/25]
- Andalusia, AL: Clark Theatres - Andalusia Cinema Now Open [4/14]
- New York, NY: Quad Cinema Reopens After Renovation Project [4/14]
- Laramie, WY: Studio City UW + ARQ Opening on April 28, 2017 [4/13]
- Mobile, AL: Crescent Theater to Close [4/11]
- Dallas, OR: Motor Vu Drive-In Not Reopening for 2017 Season [4/11]
- Stanton, KY: Mountain View Drive-In Will Not Reopen for 2017 Season [4/11]
- Arlington, TX: Cinemark at Former Six Flags Mall Closes [4/10]
- Shakopee, MN: Grand Opening of Marcus Southbridge Crossing Cinema Planned for April 13, 2017 [4/8]
- Select AMC and Carmike Locations Transferred to New Vision Theatres [4/7]
It looks like New Line Cinema may be forging ahead with the production of "The Hobbit" without Peter Jackson at the helm.
In a letter that Jackson and his producing partner Fran Walsh sent to fan-site TheOneRing.net on Sunday, New Line is looking to pull the trigger on the movie, but Jackson's lawsuit with them over revenues from "The Fellowship of the Ring" has soured the relationship to the point where Jackson won't do the movie without the earlier matter being settled (understandable, since the sum in question is in the many millions of dollars) and New Line needs to get going as their production rights have a time limit.
This news has rankled fans of the "Lord of the Rings" series, to say the least. Since "The Return of the King" was finished, everyone has pretty much assumed that once Jackson finished his pet project ("King Kong"), he'd be working on "The Hobbit" once all the details were worked out. His work on the trilogy cemented his reputation with movie fans, and doing the story that started it all would just seem like a sure-thing.
New Line has the production rights to "The Hobbit," but MGM has the distribution rights, and Variety is reporting that MGM is none too pleased to hear that Jackson won't be doing the movie.
Special effects house Weta Digital is not necessarily out of the game when it comes to doing the effects work, however. A mention on TheOneRing.net says that Weta chief Richard Taylor has said that Jackson would not bar Weta from working on the movie if he were not the director. However, it doesn't sound like they have been contacted in any concrete way about doing the movie at this point.
It will be interesting to see what happens with this. There's too much money at stake for someone to be stupid enough to let rights to "The Hobbit" lapse. New Line has to tread carefully with the project, though, as the movie's success depends almost completely upon the fervor of the fan base that made the trilogy the success that it was. Giving Jackson the cold shoulder is the first step in the wrong direction, and it's very difficult to think of another director that could bring "The Hobbit" to the big screen in a satisfactory manner.
My advice to New Line: Go to arbitration with Peter Jackson and get the lawsuit settled. Put the matter behind you and concentrate on the future. The franchise is too important to everyone involved to screw it up, and there's no compelling reason that Jackson and his team shouldn't be doing the movie.
Add Your Comments
No comments found. Be the first and let us know what you think!
Add Your Comments
|Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.|
Please login or register a new account before continuing.
Log in to retrieve your saved settings.
Forget Your Passcode?Send My Passcode To Me
Not Registered? Create a New Account!
Our registered members enjoy more features, including:
- Save Your Location -- the site remembers your location, no having to re-enter it each time you visit
- Favorite Theaters List -- keep a handy list of the theaters you attend
- Favorite Movies List - movies you want to see, all in one place
- Write Movie Reviews -- share your opinions of the movies you see
- Block Ads with VIP Service -- view this site ad free (subscription req'd)
Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!
Concerned About Privacy?
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service
|The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2017, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.|
'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.