Understanding the Ruling in Peter Jackson's Lawsuit Against New Line

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Understanding the Ruling in Peter Jackson's Lawsuit Against

Postby Guest » Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:00 am

<p>Kristin Thompson draws parallels between the PJ-NL lawsuit and the one filed by X-Files actor David Duchovny against 20th Century Fox back in 1999 – she classifies both lawsuits as “vertical integration” cases. (Read the 25th June 2005 NY Times article '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/27/business/media/27movie.html?ei=5090&en=c2478a16f91a8555&ex=1277524800&partner=securitas&emc=rss&pagewanted=print" target="_blank">The Lawsuit of the Rings</a>' for an understanding of this very interesting term in the context of the PJ-NL lawsuit). Duchovny was represented by lawyer <strong>Stanton Stein</strong>, one of the top specialists in such vertical integration cases - Fox and Duchovny later reached a settlement out of court. </p>
<p>In July 2005, Saul Zaentz, who was represented by<strong> Robert Schwartz, of O’Melveny & Myers</strong>, famously sued New Line. Zaentz and New Line also settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. </p>
<p>Interestingly, Peter Jackson is being represented by lawyer <strong>Stanton Stein</strong>, and the legal team on his case is being headed by <strong>Robert Schwartz</strong>.</p>
<p>Kristin Thompson concludes on an encouraging note: </p>
<p><em>“My best guess is that Judge Hillman’s ruling will be the move that finally breaks the logjam. Sooner or later New Line will settle out of court with Jackson. </em></p>
<p><em>Would resentment make New Line cross Jackson permanently off the list of prospective directors for The Hobbit? I find it hard to believe. Fox didn’t fire Duchovny when they paid him the bulk of what he sued them for. They put him back to work. </em></p>
<p><em>This is business, and the firm’s executives know full well that Jackson’s name on The Hobbit would virtually guarantee its success. Another director might come up with a film that made nearly as much, but why take a chance? Where the bottom line is concerned, Hollywood companies can’t afford to hold resentments. Besides, MGM is co-producing the film and has said publicly that they want Jackson for it. </em></p>
<p><em>I’ve been predicting all along that there was a good chance that Jackson would end up directing (or at least producing) The Hobbit. I don’t see any reason to change my opinion. I’m just glad some progress has been made.”</em></p>
<p><strong>Read Kristin THompson's blog entry '<a href="http://www.kristinthompson.net/blog/?p=108" target="_blank" rel="bookmark"><font color="#800080">Jackson vs. New Line: what’s the new ruling all about?</font></a>'</strong></p>
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Postby cirdan33 » Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:34 pm

Let us hope that Peter Jackson gets his money and the Hobbit. But I have another dream, that is, to see a Jacksonian Silmarillion! :roll:
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Postby Hiril Elfwraith » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:41 am

The SIL???

That would be quite an undertaking. It would stretch over, like, 100 volumes! Well, maybe not quite that much, but a lot. Definetely a lot. I think that PJ would get too old to do that...
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