Wellington, New Zealand - T-shirt and collectibles manufacturer,
Ted Stroop, filed suit against Peter Jackson because the director's
cut of The Two Towers did not end with the novel's cliffhanger
of Frodo dead in Shelob's lair.
am I going to get rid of all this crap. I've got 'Frodo Lives' drink
coolers. I've got 'Frodo Lives' bumper stickers, 'Frodo Lives' curl
relaxer," said Stroop. "I can't believe Jackson could end
the movie without the Frodo cliffhanger. The books don't end
there. It's preposterous. Would you like a shirt? Two for $10!"
Stroop admitted that maybe he should've contacted Jackson before
having 34 million of the shirts printed.
Long-time Tolkien fan Neil Layden commented, "I've read the
books about sixteen times and I'm glad Jackson didn't end the movie
with that cliffhanger. I would've had difficulty avoiding all the
'Frodo Lives' spoilers for The Return of the King."
"This is a frivolous lawsuit and should be dismissed on its
lack of merit. It's not our responsibility to make sure the movies
match the books word for word. That's what Harry Potter is
for," offered Jackson. "I can cut the movie wherever I
want too. I am deeply saddened, though, that I missed the opportunity
to let yet another spoiler into the trailer for The Return of
the King, that Gandalf one for The Two Towers was precious."
In addition to his lawsuit, Stroop petitioned New Line Cinema to
break The Return of the King into two parts or at least provide
an intermission after the encounter in Shelob's lair. "I could
hawk the shirts then. It's a great idea. If they don't do that at
least I might make some of it back with my 'Helm's Deep Emergency
Exit' doors and my 'Gimli at the Laugh Factory' CDs," said
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