Tolkien Estate, Publisher Sue New Line Over ‘Lord of the Rings’

Rick Marshall

Rick Marshall was Online Managing Editor for ComicMix before joining MTV's SplashPage. Previously, he was Online Content Manager for Wizard Entertainment. He has written for several daily newspapers, alternative weekly newspapers, trade magazines and online media, and was named "Writer of the Year" by the New York Press Association in 2005.

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3 Responses

  1. Craig Wood says:

    Wow, this series did literally billions at the box office and the DVD market was just pure profit. It is astounding to me think that they wouldn't have paid up — I'll bet they find a way to blame it on illegal downloads ;)

    • Mike Gold says:

      I'll bet you're right.When producer Mike Uslan sued Warner Bros. over his share of Batman (I) movie profits, Warners told the judge the movie was still in the red. Looking at the nine-digit movie receipts and all that merchandising and licensing, the judge asked Warner's lawyer (and I paraphrase) "If you're losing money on Batman, why are you in the movie business?"Warners won the suit anyway. I think Mike had the last laugh, as he controls all movie and television rights so they had to deal with him for sequels and animated movies and such.

  2. Rick Taylor says:

    That 'didn't make any money' BS is such a lame arguement.