Arnold Schwarzenegger and Universal Studios are
reportedly considering Peter Jackson's Wellington film studio
for use on the sequel to Conan the Barbarian.
James Beech opines about the benefits of them coming further
Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will be back as fantasy
warrior Conan the Barbarian. Sir Peter Jackson's
film-making facilities in Wellington were mentioned by the
former ''Governator''. Photo by 20th Century FOX in
Arnold Schwarzenegger should consider Queenstown and the
south of New Zealand as locations for his sequel to Conan
the Barbarian if plans to use Peter Jackson's film studio
in Wellington come to pass.
The veteran action movie star told Ain't It Cool News
earlier this month a ''quality'' sequel to his 1982 fantasy
adventure hit, with him playing an older Conan, had the
financial support of Universal Studios after a decade of his
''There's writing right now of a script and it could very
well be that one of the places they're looking very closely
right now is Jackson's studio in New Zealand,'' he said.
''There's all kinds of dialogue on that level''.
Schwarzenegger said the studio was ''rushing''
''They really want to get it done, so they want to start
shooting sometime around the end of this year.''
Production companies have taken advantage of Queenstown's
central position as a hub and flown in directly, rented
offices, booked accommodation and set to work with travel
possible in all directions.
The Wakatipu and the lower South Island are no strangers to
fantasy films. The Lord of the Rings, The
Hobbit, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the
Chronicles of Narnia were shot, in part, in the area.
Narnia star Tilda Swinton, who played the White Witch,
told the Sunday Star-Times: ''New Zealand is a mythic
landscape. It has everything you can imagine.
''The sad thing about this film is that people who haven't
been here will think it's all CGI (computer generated
imagery), but those mountains, that landscape is not made up.
It's all here.''
Film Otago Southland executive manager Kevin Jennings, of
Queenstown, said he had not had any direct contact from
anyone involved with the Schwarzenegger production.
''As with many other large international productions, we have
a proven track record of delivering the goods, with our
diverse locations, film friendly environment and our
infrastructure,'' Mr Jennings said.
''Our variety of relatively untouched and dramatic landscapes
are the ideal backgrounds for any story in any era.''