The Hobbit

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We, the undersigned, wish to make clear our strong desire to see a quality film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit. Having spent the last three years in Middle-earth, under the spell of magician Peter Jackson and the wizards of Weta Workshop, we find ourselves only wanting more. The Tale of the Ring is incomplete without the story of Its finding by Bilbo, and the other aspects of his adventure make for a captivating cinematic journey as well.

Fans know that the film rights reside with New Line, while distribution is the legal domain of MGM/United Artists. It would be heartbreaking for the fans to be denied this film, simply because of this rift in rights. Surely an agreement can be reached that will prove mutually advantageous to the studios. The phenomenol success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy clearly demonstrates that there is a huge fan base worldwide, ready to support The Hobbit in like manner - particularly if it is made by Mr. Jackson and Weta, who have proven themselves so gifted in the visual creation of a world which until now only existed on the printed page, in the art of great talents like Alan Lee and John Howe, and in the imaginations of Tolkien readers.

Please work together to eliminate this barrier to the films making and distribution. We, the fans, will make it worth your while. We are not ready to leave Middle-earth!


In addition to showing support for this project by signing this petition, fans can make their wishes known by writing a tactful, concise letter to the following persons at these addresses:

Robert K. Shaye
New Line Cinema Corporation
888 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10106

Alex Yemenidjian
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Danny Rosett, EVP Marketing and Distribution
United Artists Corporation
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067