Hahahahahaha. I don’t know quite why this story pleases me so much, but it really does:
'The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has been ruled out of making The Hobbit, the head of film studio New Line has said…New Line co-chairman Bob Shaye said Jackson would never make The Hobbit "during my watch".
"He's got a quarter of a billion dollars paid to him so far, justifiably, according to contract, completely right. And this guy... turns around without wanting to have a discussion with us and sues us and refused to discuss it unless we just give in to his plan.
"I don't want to work with that guy any more. Why would I? So the answer is he will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I'm still working at the company."'