The heirs of Tolkien demand with New Line Cinema $150 million
The heirs of the British writer John Tolkien has filed a lawsuit against the movie Studio New Line Cinema, who directed the Oscar-winning trilogy "the Lord of the rings", demanding $ 150 million.In the document adopted by the Supreme court of Los Angeles County, States that the creators of "the Lord of the rings" has not paid to the holders of rights, a charitable Foundation of Tolkien, HarperCollins publishers and other heirs - not a penny of the agreed contract of 7.5% Commission, ITAR-TASS reported.According to the lawsuit, charitable Foundation and publishing house HarperCollins in 1969 signed a contract with United Artists for filming on the books "Lord of the rings" and "Hobbit". New Line has inherited the film rights to his iconic novels in 1998, writes The New York Times.Global revenues from the rental of three films, the implementation associated with trilogy products are estimated by the plaintiffs at approximately $ 6 billion. While everything so far has received the heirs of the writer, is 62.5 thousand dollars as an advance payment.In addition to the $ 150 million the heirs of Tolkien demanded not disclose to the public the amount as a penalty, and the right to stop the contract with New Line Cinema. This can lead to the disruption Studio plans to release two films based on the background of Lord of the rings - Tolkien's first novel "the Hobbit". Work on the film was due to start next year, and the premiere of the tapes were scheduled for 2010 and 2011.All three parts of the trilogy "Lord of the rings - "the fellowship of the ring" "Two towers" and "return of the king" was a resounding box office success. Shooting - within 270 days - was held in New Zealand, and three series that cost $ 300 million. "The Lord of the rings: the return of the king" was nominated for "Oscar" in 11 categories and in all won the award. This film received Oscars on par with the previous leaders of the movies "Titanic" and "Ben-Hur".The film was also awarded the Golden globe awards and was named best film of the year by the Association of film critics in new York. Its ensemble cast won the award of the American screen actors Guild. The American film Institute included the film among the best films of 2003.In 2005, New Line Cinema sued the Director of "the Lord of the rings" Peter Jackson and the owner of the rights to the film adaptation of this work - producer Saul Sent. Both were able to agree with the Studio out of court. Source: the Heirs of Tolkien demand with New Line Cinema $150 million.