For the second time this year, the brothers
This comes after the two companies came to blows this year over the title of the historical drama that was eventually dubbed "
In a complaint filed this week in New York, the Weinsteins and Miramax said they are seeking more than $75 million in damages. While the plaintiffs say they should get a cut of all three "Hobbit" movies, Warner says they agreed to share money only from the first one.
The Weinsteins and Miramax collected about $25 million from 2012's
"This is about one of the great blunders in movie history," said a Warner Bros. spokesman, in a statement. "15 years ago Miramax, run by the Weinstein brothers, sold its rights in 'The Hobbit' to New Line. No amount of trying to rewrite history can change that fact. They agreed to be paid only on the first motion picture based on The Hobbit. And that's all they're owed."
New Line Cinema, now a part of Warner Bros., bought the rights to Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit, or There and Back Again" in 1998. In the sharing agreement between the companies, the parties agreed that Miramax and the Weinsteins should get 5% of the revenue from the "first motion picture, if any."
However, the plaintiffs argue that Warner Bros. cut them out of their fair share by deciding to split the "Hobbit" saga into three movies and that the agreement excluded only remakes.
"Warners' refusal to acknowledge Plaintiffs' participation rights is nothing more than a shallow attempt to deprive Plaintiffs of their fair and previously agreed to share of revenue from Warner's exploitation of The Hobbit book," they said in the complaint.
Warner Bros. filed for arbitration in the dispute in late November.
This summer, Warner Bros. tried to stop the
The issue was resolved when the Motion Picture Assn. of America said TWC could use the name "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
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