Warner Bros. to Announce ‘The Hobbit’ Plans

A decision on where to film ‘The Hobbit’ movies is expected to come in a week or two.

Warner Bros. to announce where to film The Hobbit movies in a week or two
Warner Bros. to announce where to film The Hobbit movies in a week or two
Warner Brothers plans to announce in a week or two whether Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movies will be made in New Zealand, or be moved to a new location, reports New Zealand Herald.

The Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA), Actors' Equity, and Council of Trade Unions (CTU) representatives met Wednesday in a meeting facilitated by Minister for Economic Development Gerry Brownlee, who said:

"It was a useful and productive discussion, and the parties had agreed to work together to update the conditions of engagement for performers" in the local film and television industry."

A spokesman for Peter Jackson said:

"Warner Brothers are running financial models about the costs of shooting in a variety of countries. We expect a decision is still a week or two away."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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  1. Drewski37

    yea your right k-man its just a little depressing hearing all the sh*t going wrong and what the studios trying to do i tell ya but not as depressing as what fox is trying to do with ridley scott but that is another matter....so ya there is a litle flame still burning for hopes that pj can get the ball rolling on this event....

    4 years agoby @drewski37Flag

  2. K-Man

    You know, it would be a HUGE tragedy if the studios decided to film elsewhere (it could very well ruin the movie) but one cant help but laugh at NZ equity if that happens, for completely and utterly f*cking themselves in the asses. Half of this issue also falls under the MEAA, but the other half is NZ Equity naively thinking that Peter Jackson would never allow the studios to take The Hobbit away from NZ (when in fact, it is completely out of his control).
    Can you imagine their faces if the studio came out and announced that they have decided to film in a different country (meaning not a single NZ actor/NZ Equity worker will be employed on the film!!!!)

    Those idiots would have essentially fired themselves from a job they DESPERATELY need. Not only that, but if The Hobbit leaves, it will likely damage New Zealands reputation as a studio friendly country to film in........which means they may be out of a job permanently.

    It really is a tragedy because New Zealand IS Middle Earth and the New Zealand people are among the nicest I've ever met, and they deserve to have this film filmed there......and quite frankly, so do the fans

    .....F*ck NZ Actors Equity and MEAA!!! Keep it in NZ!!!!!

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  3. K-Man

    @anyone saying they are not getting their hopes up

    Yeah f*cking right, you wouldn't have clicked on this news article if that were true! Everyone here can "claim" they are "not waiting for this because it taking too long" but we all know any fan of LOTR is eagerly awaiting an announcement and is going to be jumping up and down when they DO finally announce official plans (which shouldn't be too long from now)
    I know I am! I want this sh*t resolved and I want confirmation that its Peter Jackson directing IN NEW ZEALAND with a great cast and the whole LOTR crew (ex. Andrew Lesnie the DP and Howard Shore the composer) returning for more Middle Earth Action.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  4. WongFu

    Keep it grounded in New Zealand

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  5. DoubleR0522

    @TheRealsupes i agree wit ya

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  6. Drewski37

    your right there supes iam not gonna get my hopes up on these films....they are just takeing way too long....

    4 years agoby @drewski37Flag

  7. ChuChi


    4 years agoby @josedrosaFlag

  8. fanboy

    I really hope its in New Zealand, cause New Zealand is middle earth and no other place will be as great as New Zealand

    4 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  9. Dan

    In other words, nothing here to see, folks. Move along, move along.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

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