Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Avengers: Age Of Ultron TV Spot
'You've meddled with something you don't understand...'
Karl Urban Joins Pete's Dragon Remake
He's replacing Michael C. Hall
Meet The New Jurassic World Dino
Indominus Rex, what big teeth you have...
John Wick Duo Wanted To Direct Cowboy Ninja Viking
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski may corral Chris Pratt
Terminator Genisys Super Bowl Spot Online
Watch out for back-flipping buses...
First Look At The Enfield Haunting
Who you gonna Spall?
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 December 2014
The Hobbit The Battle Of The Five Armies Podcast Spoiler Special #2
Featuring Thorin himself, Richard Armitage
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

The Hobbit Faces Union Trouble
Peter Jackson warns the shoot could move

27 September 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

While the movie still doesn’t have an official green light from New Line and whatever still exists of MGM, all the recent rumours have been pointing to The Hobbit getting ready to make formal offers to actors. Except that now Peter Jackson and his fellow producers have hit another, potentially more serious problem: trouble with the acting unions.

On Friday, official union representatives including the Screen Actors Guild, Canadian Actors Equity, US Actors Equity, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance of Australia and Britain’s own Equity, sent a warning to their members not to accept work on the film.

The problem apparently stems from the producers refusing to lock in certain rights and payments, with contracts leaving out crucial terms on working conditions, residual payments and cancellation fees.

While the specifics are wrapped in a maze of legal entanglements, it boils down to the fact that member actors who take work on the movie won’t necessarily be stopped from doing so, but they could face punishments including fines, suspension or expulsion.

On Sunday, Peter Jackson hit back at the announcement, claiming that what it really represents is an Australian move to gain control of the New Zealand film industry. "Personally speaking, I'm not anti-union in the slightest," he said in a statement. "I'm a very proud and loyal member of three Hollywood unions - the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild and the Writers Guild. I support the Screen Actors Guild.”

And then he brought out the big guns – a veiled threat that The Hobbit could journey elsewhere to shoot, which would be a real blow to the New Zealand film industry. “There is a twisted logic to seeing NZ humiliated on the world stage, by losing the Hobbit to Eastern Europe," he said. "Warners would take a financial hit that would cause other studios to steer clear of New Zealand. Seriously, if the Hobbit goes east (Eastern Europe in fact) - look forward to a long dry big budget movie drought in this country."

We have to wonder whether Warners (which owns New Line) and MGM would actually allow that to happen, and chances are these are more tactical threats than actual promises, but it’s just one more issue Bilbo and co didn’t need on their quest. Here’s hoping it all gets resolved soon…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

First Cast For The Haunting In Georgia
Emily Alyn Lind gets spooked
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

The Hobbit
It seems such a shame that Jackson's troubles continue. I really hope Peter gets this made, and made in New Zealand. Everyone wants to see this film, and everyone wants to see Jackson make it. More

Posted by Alistair at 19:08 on 27 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: They're Rippin' Off Da Workin' Man!
It isn't ] movie - it's New Zealand. So this is blatant opportunism - blackmailing a high profile movie when their actual issue is all those TV series and movies that have transferred to or are originating from NZ to be made with different and cheaper actors contracts. I think the news article is badly worded in this regard - leading to understandably extreme accusations of them ripping people off.     More

Posted by elab49 at 09:19 on 27 September 2010 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Joaquin Phoenix Talks Inherent Vice
Plus co-stars Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston

Stephen Daldry Talks Trash
The Billy Elliot man on his Rio carnival and training as a clown

Colin Firth And Taron Egerton Talk Kingsman: The Secret Service
Plus Samuel L. Jackson on bad-guy duties

A Brief History Of The Ring
Everything you need to know about the J-horror reboot

The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)