Remember back in November, when Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson told TheOneRing.Net that he and producing partner Fran Walsh were pulling out of New Line's plans to make The Hobbit, and that he wouldn't discuss it further until a lawsuit he had against New Line for its accounting practices around the Ring series were settled?

Now New Line chief exec Robert Shaye, in a classic Hollywood pissing contest, boldly asserts that New Line will not work with Jackson again, ever-ever-ever. So there. In a story on Sci-Fi Wire giving the low-down on the squabble, Shaye is quoted as saying, "He got a quarter of a billion dollars paid to him so far, justifiably, according to contract, completely right, and this guy, who already has received a quarter of a billion dollars, turns around without wanting to have a discussion with us and sues us and refuses to discuss it unless we just give in to his plan. I don't want to work with that guy anymore. Why would I? So the answer is he will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I'm still working for the company."
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