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  LOTR studio sued for $20 million
Updated 24 August 2004, 15.06
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The studio that made The Lord of the Rings trilogy is being sued for $20m (11m), according to a Hollywood paper.

Saul Zaentz owns the rights to the Rings books after making a cartoon of them in 1978, and let New Line Cinema film them for a share of the profits.

He claims they haven't given him as much cash as he's owed, and he's also asked for $700,000 in damages.

The Rings films have made $2.9bn (1.6bn) worldwide. The Return of the King won a record 11 Oscars this year.

Return of the King is the second most successful film of all time, making well over 500m.

New Line Cinema have not commented about Mr Zaentz's case against them.

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