Weinsteins Sue for a Piece of ‘The Hobbit’s’ Precious Profits

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The Weinstein Brothers want a cut of the cash that The Hobbit is raking in at the box office, and will battle it out in court to get it. Recently filing a suit against Warner Bros and New Line Cinema, the Weinsteins believe that they are owed for each new release in the Lord of the Rings franchise, and any descendants there after, but Warner Bros thinks otherwise. Apparently it will all come down to the fine print, but even that is a bit sketchy, with a statement by Warner calling Weinstein’s sale of  The Hobbit rights, “one of the great blunders in movie history.”

According to the movie studio, the Weinsteins and Miramax only negotiated payment  for one film based on The Hobbit, not a trilogy. This would be a blunder indeed, not anticipating that Warner Bros would capitalize on J.R.R. Tolkien’s creation to the fullest extent, after Lord of The Rings’ success at the box office, and all the subsequent dvd’s, box sets, and branded merchandise, they’d want to draw out the story as long as they could.

A new deal is in the works for Bob and Harvey Weinstein, having sold their company Miramax to Disney in 1993, are now signing a new contract reconnecting them with the company they created. With a little bitter blood with the board over creative control (why they left in 2005, and created their own company again, Weinstein Co.), and this new lawsuit, they will no doubt, line-by-line, set things in stone when it comes to what they expect to receive. If they now have Disney’s legal backing, Warner may just have something to worry about.

SOURCE: Huffington Post / LA Times

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Ruby LeRouge
is a long time slave to the Silver Screen, and all around media junkie, with a strong interest in the study and archival of classic cinema reels, scripts, press releases and props. A professional artist, dabbling in prop fabrication, costuming, and practical effects makeup in her spare time. She credits much of her artistic inspiration to her life long love of movies, and holds a special adoration for stop motion animation, film noir, and classic B movies. She writes a movie editorial blog called Sleepless Cinema, sharing her candid view on all media, new and old. Insomniac and cinephile, coffee swiller and media collector, has silver screen scream queen dreams, and she lives her life in technicolor. "While the world sleeps, I watch". - Ruby LeRouge
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