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[Movies] Weinsteins Sue Warner Bros. Over The Hobbit
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.12.2013

The Weinstein brothers have filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for their decision to split the Hobbit franchise into three films. The BBC reports that the Weinsteins filmed the suit through Miramax due to the fact that Miramax sold the film's rights to New Line (a Warner Bros. subsidiary) in 1998. New Line agreed to make payments to Miramax for the "first motion picture" and thus the second and third parts of the film will garner Miramax no money.

The lawsuit contends that the decision to split the film was made "solely to deprive plaintiffs" and that the case is "about greed and ingratitude." The suit claims that Warner Bros. chose to make a trilogy in order to deprive Miramax of 5% of the gross receipts from the last two films.

Warner Bros. spokesperson Paul Maguire has responded by saying that the Weinsteins committed "one of the great blunders in movie history" and added, "Fifteen years ago Miramax, run by the Weinstein brothers, sold its right in The Hobbit to New Line. No amount of trying to rewrite history can change that fact. They agreed to be paid only on the first motion picture based on The Hobbit. And that's all they're owed."


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