Ernst Jorgensen On The "New Gladiator"

"The Estate are questioning Joe Tunzi's right to release it. I think I've read somewhere that Joe is going to make an announcement soon. I don't know what Joe's announcement is, but I suppose that the lawyers on both sides are now looking at the situation and figuring out what they believe. Otherwise, either Joe would have made a statement or the Estate would have made a subsequent statement. I take it that between Joe and the Estate they have not finally come to a conclusion. I'm just surprised if anybody other than the Estate would own it, because I've seen so much of the original paperwork done on this when I worked on the calendar book. So when Joe announced that he had acquired the rights, I was very confused. But at the time I didn't sit and study the paperwork for legal reasons. I'm just thinking that, how on earth could somebody other than Elvis Presley own it since he paid for it. But of course, there could be explanations. I just don't know what they would be. But since it's been withdrawn from websites and stuff, it seems that at least Tunzi is not 100% sure at this time. Another thing that is confusing me is that I think that Warner Brothers has some of the rights to it. I think they acquired some of the rights in relation to "This Is Elvis". I don't know what they legally acquired. Maybe they had the rights to show all of it, or maybe just five minutes. I don't know that, but I know that Warner has a financial interest in it. Joe has often mentioned his relationship to Warner and Turner, but I'm not sure if he has a way of making direct deals with them. I don't think he can do that, as I don't think anybody can do that, as the Estate will always control it at the end of the day".
Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated: May 13, 2001 
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