The Asylum is an L.A.-based studio with a loud and proud history of distributing "mockbusters," low-budget rip-offs of Hollywood films, at the same time as their big-budget counterparts. For example, earlier this year they released 'American Warships' right before Universal's 'Battleship.' And while not often taken serious, they've gotten into legal trouble before with the major studios in town ('The Day the Earth Stopped' comes to mind), but this time they're facing their mightiest foe yet in the form of studios Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, MGM and producer Saul Zaentz, who are all looking to halt the release of the Asylum's 'Age of the Hobbits', starring Bai Ling and a host of little people.
Guess which movie that one was inspired by.
When you look at the artwork above, you might think "Hmm, is that from the recent movie 'Battleship'?" And that's exactly what Asylum Entertainment wanted you to think. The company often produces low-budget knock-offs of upcoming Hollywood properties (along with cheap horror and skin flicks). But to make matters easier for consumers, Universal sued them to change the name of their film 'American Battleship.' And Universal won.