Tolkien family files suit: The heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien are suing producers of two Tolkien moves, 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' for selling digital rights to an online slot machine game. The family filed suit in Los Angeles.
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Wellington, New Zealand
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, comes a week before the premiere of the "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in Wellington. The first film in the trilogy hits theaters worldwide next month.
The estate of Tolkien is upset at what it calls "morally questionable" digital marketing including a Lord of the Rings online slot machine, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. The Tolkien estate is seeking $80 million from Warner Bros., its New Line subsidiary and rights holder Saul Zaentz Co.