The Final Hobbit Movie Might Get Scrapped If Producers Can’t Pull Themselves Together

The Hobbit cast photo December 2013The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has been the most-viewed movie at the box office since it premiered last week, and that’s probably good. They have an estimated 140 million of your dollars so far, but you should probably keep on handing them over just in case, because this might be the last film in the franchise.

Yup, that’s right. Even though There And Back Again is supposed to be the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy, plans for that third film in the franchise might get scrapped if the producers can’t get their shit together. Apparently there’s fighting happening between Miramax executives Harvey and Bob Weinstein and New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Entertainment over who exactly gets the profits from this extremely lucrative franchise.

Harvey and Bob sold the rights to the J.R.R. Tolkien book The Hobbit to the two companies back in August 1998, with the stipulation that they were entitled to 5% of the profits of ‘the first motion picture’ based on the book, which was designed to exclude any remakes. Apparently they didn’t figure on the movie being broken up into three parts though, because once it was, they just assumed they’d be on the same page with New Line and Warner Bros. about who should be making that money.

But nope! Not on the same page at all! New Line and Warner Bros. paid the Weinsteins for the first movie upon its release last year, but have shared no earnings since, claiming that the second and third movie in the sequence, though all derived from the same book, are not included in the terms of the original agreement. And since they haven’t been able to settle it on their own, both parties will likely be going to court, after a motion was filed by the Weinsteins alleging that the two companies:

“Have repudiated and refused to acknowledge their obligation to pay [the Weinsteins] their rightful contingent compensation for the second and third installments of The Hobbit.”

The movie’s premiere date has already been delayed once — from July 18th, 2014, to December 17th, 2014, so there’s really no telling how long we’ll have to wait to see this movie, if the producers can’t pull it together. Here’s hoping we see it at all.

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    • @Martian_Way

      @TheHobbitMovie Are the #Hobbit movies a bigger travesty than the #StarWars prequels? Maybe. People should be ashamed. <3 #JRRT #LOTR #books

      Hopefully the third movie wont be made at all and the first two will be corrupted by viruses and destroyed. Am I the only one who can see that the Emperor wears no clothes?

      • Brock Sinclair

        Die.

      • @Martian_Way

        It’s OK, Son, I won’t have you arrested for terrorist threats. This time. Loser. lol

      • Brock Sinclair

        For one, that wasn’t any sort of terrorist comment. Two, you couldn’t do a single thing about it. The Hobbit will go ahead, & has been some of the best movies to come out in recent times. You’re the loser, as your opinion would probably be out-weighed 1:100 for every person who watched it.

      • Ambrose Howard

        Yeah your right he is the loser not you

      • John23

        you’re*

      • Ambrose Howard

        my bad …..you’re*

      • bohemond

        Yes, it is probably true that there really are a hundred morons for every person with the taste and intelligence to realize PJs Hobbit movies are junk for mouthbreathers

      • Sam Johnson

        actually he is saying that there are a hundred morons (you included apparently) for every person with the taste and intelligence to realize that PJ’s Hobbit movies are amazing works of art that are almost as well done as LoTR

      • bohemond

        Ahhh- another coprophage, I see. “Works of art?” BWAHAHAHAHA!

      • Aquartertoseven

        You used hashtags 4 times in one sentence? I truly hate you.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That’s not very nice.

      • Aquartertoseven

        I know, he/she is a terrible human being; hashtags belong on twitter and nowhere else. Used elsewhere, especially in such frequency, basically screams to the world that you’re a douche.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        What does telling an anonymous internet stranger that you hate them scream?

      • Aquartertoseven

        It screams that the moderator doesn’t understand hyperbole, reason (by not understanding my point) and is well versed in hypocrisy, telling me “that’s not very nice” in an article with swear words in it. Did I just own you? I think I did.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Okie dokie.

      • Aquartertoseven

        That’s what I thought.

      • Charlie Kauffman

        What do you scream?

      • David Ferry

        you obviously haven’t watched The Hobbit or the Star Wars Prequels

      • EmperorKhorne

        I love the Star Wars prequels. Revenge of the Sith is the best Star Wars film so far. But I judge Tolkien films differently from Star Wars films, because Tolkien films can be compared to canon (the books) while Star Wars has no such standard (the films are canon).

        Everything in a Tolkien movie that contradicts the Tolkien books is stupid. Frodo sending Sam home was stupid. Aragorn breaking up with Arwen was stupid. That giant physics-defying liquid gold statue was stupid. So was the Morgul arrow: there is no evidence that anyone but a Nazgul would carry such a weapon. And the Black Arrow was just a regular arrow that was special to Bard, not some silly Dwarven ballista bolt.

        The Desolation of Smaug was a seriously flawed movie. PJ better get his stuff together in There And Back Again.

      • Sam Johnson

        I agree that Revenge of the Sith is one of the best Star Wars movies, but I think Desolation of Smaug was much better than the first film, despite the stupid things like the morgul shaft and the black arrow. It’s not seriously flawed, it just has some deviations from the source material.

    • wait what

      Shame if it does gets scrapped though, the movie is already in Post-Production.

    • Andrew Kiess

      So who exactly saying that the movie might be scrapped? They obviously never agreed about the last one and that was released on time.

    • Confounded and Confuzzled

      I’m confused as to why the movie was originally set to come out in July, 7 months after the previous one when every other LOTR movie has come out in December. Movies don’t typically come out so soon after the previous one was in theaters. It’ll probably be at least February by the time The Hobbit: DOS is out of theaters meaning that The Hobbit: TABA would have come out a mere 5 months after the previous one left theaters.

      • Big Oil Conspiracy Theory

        What’s that got to do with anything? 5 months is a long time

      • Sam Johnson

        Because they thought they could be finished in time and that people wouldn’t want to wait a year to get past that terrible cliff hanger at the end?

      • Sam Johnson

        btw I mean the cliff hanger was frustrating, not that the end sucked, I thought it was wonderful.

    • Bilbo

      What have we done?

      • Sam Johnson

        stared at that comment for 10 seconds before understanding that reference… lol

    • JGann

      This article is utter crap. There is literally nothing out there suggesting Hobbit 3 might be “scrapped” (you seem to have pulled this “information” from the radaronline article you linked, which actually mentions nothing of the sort apart from in its misleading, sensationalist headline).

    • Sam Johnson

      There is no way in hell they would scrap a movie rather than agree to pay off the Weinstein bros. They would still have to pay the cast and crew and the studio would lose millions of dollars. Stop pulling facts out of your ass and start making sense. There’s a bigger chance that PJ will remake Fellowship with Tom Bombadil in it than that There and Back Again will be cancelled.

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