Fifteen actors in New Zealand are suing New Line Cinema over $5 million in royalties due them from The Lord of the Rings merchandising. There’s gold in them thar’ lunchboxes.
(You should see this crap: air fresheners, navel rings, snowglobes, Elf ears.)
Two years ago, LOTR director Peter Jackson filed his own suit against New Line, alleging the studio committed financial fraud to cheat him out of as much as $100 million for all three movies. New Line countered by banning him from ever working for the studio again.
The litigants include Paul Norell (King of the Dead), Noel Appleby (Everard Proudfoot), Sarah McLeod (Rosie Cotton), Mark Ferguson (Gil-Galad), Nathaniel Lees (Ugluk) and Peter Tait (Shagrat.)