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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Lording it

So, Peter Jackson isn’t going to get to make The Hobbit movie, because he’s in the middle of sueing the studio that’s making the film.

Well, I ‘m not a fan of The Lord of the Rings, and I concede that the news would be considerably more devastating if I was, but what the hell did he expect? Regardless of whether or not he’s in the right over his legal case, as well he might be, did he really think that he was important enough to hold the studio to ransom?

“Jackson refused to discuss working on the Hobbit until a DVD royalty dispute with New Line Cinema was settled. But New Line said it had only "limited time" to make the film and was proceeding without the Oscar-winning director.”

He wanted to make the movie – or perhaps more accurately, believed they couldn’t make the movie without him – but he wants to sue them first, shake hands and then get to work? Hmmm. A touch of the ‘ego out of control’ going on there, if you ask me.

The Lord of the Rings movies were huge, blockbuster beasts that made ridiculous sums of money for all concerned, and while that does give Jackson considerable clout, it doesn’t necessarily make him Teflon-coated. In the modern cinematic landscape – in which, increasingly, you don’t need eyeball-bleedingly huge budgets and internationally known ‘star’ names to make yourself a hit movie – no diva is entirely dispensible. Just ask Tom Cruise.

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