It’s Bob Shaye Vs. Peter Jackson

It’s on ladies and gentlemen, the biggest PR grudge match since Sumner Redstone vs. Tom Cruise.

It all started the other day when New Line co-chairman Bob Shaye told Sci Fi Wire that “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson will never make another movie for the studio and just wants more money.

“I don’t care about Peter Jackson anymore. He wants to have another $100 million or $50 million, whatever he’s suing us for. He doesn’t want to sit down and talk about it. He thinks that we owe him something after we’ve paid him over a quarter of a billion dollars. … Cheers, Peter” said Shaye.

Soon after Jackson issued a statement to Variety saying that “It is regrettable that Bob has chosen to make [the argument] personal”.

He went on further about the details said: “Contrary to recent comments made by Bob Shaye, we attempted to discuss the issues raised by the Fellowship audit with New Line for over a year, but the studio was and continues to be completely uncooperative. This has compelled us to file a lawsuit to pursue our contractual rights under the law. Nobody likes legal action, but the studio left us with no alternative”.

Of course much of this seems to be public ploys for sympathy on both sides for the continuing lawsuit. Nevertheless it should remain interesting reading.