“The Hobbit” Won’t be Shot in New Zealand!

The latest news in the saga of getting Tolkien’s The Hobbit to screen, is a report that the production will be moved away from New Zealand.  Here’s how Peter Jackson put it:

The damage inflicted on our film industry by [the actors unions] is long since done. The move has undermined Warner Brothers confidence in the industry and they are now, quite rightly, very concerned about the security of their $500m investment. Next week Warners are coming down to New Zealand to make arrangements to move the production offshore. It appears we cannot make films in our own country even when substantial financing is available.

Many see the landscape of New Zealand as a critical part of the appeal of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  These people worry that if the film is shot elsewhere, it could lose much of its magic.


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