Magazine article Screen International

New Line Casts Doubt over NZ Location for Hobbit

Magazine article Screen International

New Line Casts Doubt over NZ Location for Hobbit

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The issue over where and when The Hobbit will shoot looks likely to drag on given the studio's announcement today.

New Line issued a statement in which it said it was considering alternative locations to New Zealand after it emerged yesterday [20] that the unions were ending their boycott of the two back-to-back projects following a debate over terms and conditions.

Today's statement follows an angry missive from director Peter Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh that came out of New Zealand earlier in the day, in which they castigated the unions for their stance. Warner Bros is financing the projects and is yet to settle on a location.

The New Line statement reads as follows: "Recent reports that the boycott of The Hobbit was lifted by unions a number of days ago and that Warner Bros asked to delay this announcement are false. …

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