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Tolkien's Son Tries to Block 'Hobbit' Movie

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May 28, 2008 | 11:15am EDT

Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien's son is desperately trying to stop a new movie version of his father's novel The Hobbit.

Christopher Tolkien wants the two-film adaptation blocked until his family are paid the $200 million he claims they are owed by New Line Cinema bosses from the big-screen adaptations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

He will appear before a judge in California on June 6 in a bid to have The Hobbit movie “terminated," reports Britain's Sunday Times newspaper. 

Guillermo del Toro will direct the new franchise, and Ian McKellen will reprise his role as Gandalf. Shooting is due to begin in New Zealand later this year.

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