Ah, so New Line really is doomed. I can't see the logic in their actions then. Maybe they really do have a culture of laziness. The Last Alliance would be a good framework for the second prequel. TBFMEII computer game proved that there is intrest in the actions of Elves and Dwarves that surround and predate LOTR proper. On a mildly related aside, I hope someone eventually makes Neverwinter Nights into a film.