Peter Jackson, the man behind all three LOTR films stated that the film could be shut down or simply moved to Eastern Europe, which to him, “could so easily happen.” According to BBC, unions have urged actors not to work on [New Zealand] films due to the dispute. Peter Jackson claims to treat all of his actors with “respect” and “fairness” and I can’t imagine that he would do otherwise.
Jackson continued to state that “if the Hobbit goes east, look forward to a long, dry big-budget movie drought in this country.” While I would rather the film take place in New Zealand, I’d also like to see this film made and agree with Jackson that New Zealand will probably develop half a good film a year without him. Maybe I just haven’t seen anything besides Jackson and Waititi films.
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