Banding together, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, MGM, and The Saul Zaentz Company have filed a trademark suit to stop an upcoming film called ‘Age of the Hobbits,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court by the four film production companies, seeks to bar the use of the name “Hobbits” in what court documents call a “low-budget film.” The filing claims that the ‘Age of the Hobbits’ seeks to “trade on the popularity and goodwill associated with the Tolkien novels, the extraordinarily successful Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and the famous HOBBIT mark.”
The Asylum, the production company of ‘Age of the Hobbits,’ had claimed earlier to The Hollywood Reporter as the dispute unfolded that its film’s use of the term “Hobbits” was fair use.
‘Age of the Hobbits’ is scheduled to be released on December 11, which happens to be just three days before scheduled release of the Warner Bros./New Line/MGM’s film, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’
In our earlier post about another Hobbit-related trademark dispute over the name of an English pub, we noted that Middle-earth Enterprises owns the rights to the bulk of writer J. R. R. Tolkien’s work. Middle-earth is part of the The Saul Zaentz Company. And, P.S., The Hobbit pub retained its name.
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