The Tolkien Trust and HarperCollins are suing New Line for money they feel their owed on the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. As part of the suit, the estate wants the rights to The Hobbit back. I’d like to give the Tolkien family a hard time about this, but New Line tried to screw Peter Jackson and previous rights holder out Saul Zaentz of cash too. They may just be jerks. But dammit, Jackson had agreed to produce The Hobbit film. It was scheduled to start filming as a two-part series in 2009, due out in 2010. Let’s get this show back on the road!
We may have to wait longer for the Hobbit movie