The Hobbit film 'may be put on hold'
28th July 2009
J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit may not make it to the big screen, after the author's heirs filed a law suit in the US.
The Tolkien's estate charity has filed a lawsuit with the Superior Court of Los Angeles which may prevent director Guillermo del Toro's adaptation from heading to the big screen.
Mr Tolkien sold the rights to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy of books in 1969 for a fee of $250,000 (£151,601).
Tolkien's children are now requesting that the film rights are returned to the estate, claiming that they are still owed a proportion of the revenue.
Lawyer with the Los Angeles firm representing the estate Bonnie Eskenazi said: 'Should the case go all the way to trial, we are confident that New Line will lose its rights to The Hobbit.'
The Lord of the Rings trilogy which was released in three film adaptations between 2001 and 2003 earned over $6 billion (£3.63 billion) from cinema and DVD sales.