19409Re: To Hobbit or not To Hobbit?
- Feb 12, 2008It's very straightforward, really: When JRRT sold
the rights to United Artists in 1969 (the only
sale of film rights) he received cash on the nail
*and* a percentage. I had always assumed that
this was a back-end, i.e. net-profits, deal
(generally worthless, since Hollywood accountants
make sure no film ever shows a profit); but
apparently JRRT was canny enough to hold out for a
front-end deal or a share of the gross.
There are no 'rights' based on the Ace Books
edition, which was not semi-pirate but all-pirate,
and the 'loophole' Ace claimed never existed.
--- In email@example.com, David Bratman
>Tolkien Trust) is owed any royalties from the
> I'm surprised that the Tolkien Estate (or
Jackson films, as the rights had already been sold
outright during Tolkien's lifetime. I knew that
New Line had offered the Estate monetary rights
for the Tolkien family's participation in and
endorsement of the film project, but that would
have been an additional deal and the Estate turned
>Tolkien Estate with Tolkien Enterprises, an
> I thought maybe somebody had confused the
entirely different body with no connection to the
Estate, but I looked at your source and that's
what it says.
>about reading Simon Armitage's translation of _Sir
> On the other hand, I glanced down at your post
Gawain_ and how it's more contemporary than the
Tolkien & Gordon translation of 1925. You write
that Tolkien & Gordon "were traditionalists ...
aiming to keep the archaic flavor of the Middle
English language," and I should say they were,
since their book was an edition of the original
text and not a translation at all!
>Gordon's) translation, a quite different book,
> However, your Amazon link _is_ to Tolkien's (not
probably written in the early 1950s and not
published until 1975. There seems to have been a
little confusion here.
>It appears that the
> Adam Smith <amsmith0903@...> wrote:
> >I just ran across an interesting bit of news.
> >Tolkien Estate has filed a $150 mil + dollarsuit against New Line
> >Cinema regarding unpaid royalties from thefirst movie trilogy.
> >block any further movies
> >Apparently the suit also seeks the ability to
> >from New Line, including the already-slatedHobbit twin-pack. I just
> >put up a more detailed post on my Tolkien-newsblog at
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