There is widespread relief that production of The Hobbit
movies will stay in New Zealand, but Prime Minister John Key
is copping both praise and criticism for the concessions
given to United States film studio Warner Bros.
Prime Minister John Key and senior cabinet ministers and
officials will meet representatives of US film company Warner
Bros this afternoon to thrash out details aimed at securing
filming of The Hobbit in New Zealand.
Sir Peter Jackson has rejected a union statement that it was
only seeking a meeting to discuss contract terms for actors
on The Hobbit, saying the union had decided to boycott
the films before he was told it wanted to meet.
A Facebook page urging the US financial backers of the Hobbit
movies to keep the filming in New Zealand has been partially
restored, but the organiser is still fuming that supporters
could still be lost.
Under the impromptu banner "Queenstown for Peter Jackson",
about 20 film, tourism and theatre lobbyists gathered on the
resort's village green yesterday to rally support to keep
threatened multimillion-dollar production The Hobbit
in New Zealand.