‘The Hobbit’ Films Will Be Made In New Zealand, And A Country Takes A Sigh Of Relief
Published by Seth Quillen in: Film -- Date: 27 Oct 2010 Comments: 0
After days of closed door talks between New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Warner Bros. executives, Key has announced that Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit will be made in two films in his country.
The two Hobbit films and the massive $670 million budget was assumed by all that it would go to New Zealand, since the hugely successful Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed there, but the production hung by a thread after an actors union issued a no-work order on the films last month. And the whole thing almost went up in flames. But luckily after days of negotiations, an agreement, including some financial incentives was achieved and Warner Bros. has agreed to keep The Hobbit films in New Zealand.
Rallies in support of keeping The Hobbit in New Zealand were held all across the country in cities such as Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Queenstown and Matamata (where the Hobbiton sets have been built), and were set up to coincide with the arrival of the Warner Bros. executives.
“This is where Middle Earth was born and this is where it should stay,” Peter Jackson.
It was great to see a country unite together to keep the films, this surely is some great news for the Kiwis.