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The Hobbit Will Stay In New Zealand!
Ireland in mourning

27 October 2010  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Well cut yourself a slice of lolly cake and hand over the lamingtons because it's time for a party Down Under. It looks like a deal has been reached between Warner Bros and the New Zealand government in order to settle the industrial dispute that threatened The Hobbit's attachment to the country.

Said New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in a statement, "I am delighted we have achieved this result. Making the two Hobbit movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders, but it will also follow the success of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy in once again promoting NZ on the world stage."

At stake was the question of a distinction between employees and independent contractors, which was apparently unclear in New Zealand law. The plan is now to introduce legislation clarifying the distinction as it applies to the film industry, and as a bonus allow an additional tax rebate of up to $7.5m US per picture, so that Warners and New Zealand can get back to working on the film / romping through scenic hills and vineyards hand-in-hand.

That wailing and gnashing of teeth that you hear is coming from the tourist board offices of Ireland, Scotland and Canada, all of whom were hoping for a look-in this time. Ah well, there's always The Silmarilion, eh?


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RE: Spot on!
GREAT NEWS! This insures that there can be no doubt in the continuity of Middle Earth as a set. Yes, it could have been filmed somewhere else but the discerning Rings fan would be able to tell. This is one movie event I can't wait for. All the pieces seem to be coming together...New Zealand, Peter Jackson (as good as Del Toro is, it just wouldn't be the same), casting coming along nicely (just waiting for McKellen and Serkis to say yes). I've been reading Sean Astins book about LOTR to whe More

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There was never going to not be a deal.It's a win-win.New Zealand gets its film,and the film gets the set it needed. Could never have imagined this anywhere else! More

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