There's no better way to describe the Jackson/New Line brouhaha than to use the words of Bob Shaye himself. When talking about the relationship between himself and his co-chairman, Michael Lynne, he's said: "I'm emotion. He's reason." Emotion is good and all, but lately it's been stirring up controversy since Peter Jackson sued New Line for not fulfilling their contractual obligations to him from the Lord of the Rings. You might remember Shaye's response to the lawsuit, which fell just short of a flailing, kicking tantrum.

Shaye has told Sci-Fi Wire: "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." The New York Times followed up by asking him about these remarks. Unsurprisingly, Shaye admits that it was "in a moment of emotion" -- but not one that he regrets. All Shaye regrets is "losing a friend" in Jackson. He could be in the right, or it could be Jackson, but only the latter has been sounding sensible in the media.

Now it seems that he won't specifically say that he's against working with Jackson again. Perhaps Greg Wright was correct with his musings that Shaye could not defeat the power of this particular director. Instead, Shaye is now saying that he refuses to work with difficult directors (the names of which he won't divulge). It sounds like this is the first step to New Line re-opening their arms to Jackson, or at least to giving Shaye some meds to keep his emotions in check.
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