ByEszter Simor, writer at
Eszter Simor

We could say that Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is quite a stretched-out project. While fans had to wait seven months for the sequel, the release date of the final chapter of Bilbo's adventures had been changed from June to December 17, 2014. There have been rumours that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies could be more delayed or even scrapped because of a litigation process, however, if we can believe to attorney Douglas C. Kane, we do not have to be worried.

MGM had to go through its own bankruptcy saga before Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation received its official green light and then the film had to face legal difficulties. asked attorney Douglas C. Kane about the Hobbit lawsuit:"the Weinsteins and Miramax sued, claiming that the sole reason that Warner Brothers, New Line (and ) split the project into three films was to deny them their rightful profits". He came to the conclusion that the fans of the Middle-Earth films have nothing to worry about: if Bilbo Baggins won't go there and back again, it won't have anything to do with the lawsuit, writing:

A slew of news reports have arisen, suggesting that as a result of this litigation, There and Back Again, the third and final Hobbit film could be delayed or even "scrapped". This "story" appears to have originated at a site called Radar Online, which posted a piece on the day after Christmas entitled "Could The Final ‘Hobbit’ Film Be Scrapped? Inside The Secret Legal Battle Over The Movie’s Release." After detailing the dispute and the latest filing by the Weinsteins, the author of the story then makes a leap into speculating "Could the legal wranglings delay the debut of the final Peter Jackson flick or even cause it to be scrapped altogether?" However, this speculation is not based on any actual facts. The only "evidence" they point to is the fact that the release date of There and Back Again had previously been changed from June to December 2014 (even though that had nothing to do with this or any other litigation), and to the litigations involving the Tolkien heirs, though they conflate the previous case, which had threatened to scuttle the Hobbit films, with the current case, which does not. This story then got picked up by numerous other online sites, all of which simply repeat or refer to the Radar Online "story".

You can read the full, detailed review of the lawsuit on the

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