J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Files $80M Suit Against The Hobbit Producers

By Maryann Yin Comment

The J.R.R. Tolkien estate and HarperCollins have filed an $80 million lawsuit against the makers of the upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit, alleging that the filmmakers had breached merchandising contracts for the film.

Despite the suit, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson and his crew are putting the finishing touches on the first installment of The Hobbit film trilogy.

United States fans have to wait until December 14th for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to hit theaters. The world premiere will take place within the next 24 hours in New Zealand (November 28th).

Below, we’ve embedded a video diary where Jackson and editor Jabez Olssen give updates about the movie. Follow this link to view all the videos about the filmmaking process.

What are you looking forward to about this J.R.R. Tolkien film adaptation? (via Shelf Awareness)