May 26, 2017

Decision on Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” could arrive next week


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Though production on “The Hobbit,” an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s award-winning novel, remains mired in labor disputes and red ink, a positive break could be on the horizon.

A spokesperson for Peter Jackson was quoted in the New Zealand Herald this morning and said a decision regarding the production staying in the country where Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed could come as soon as next week.

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

This comes on the heels of the news that a separate meeting was conducted between The Screen Production and Development Association, Actors’ Equity, and Council of Trade Unions representatives to ensure that New Zealand remains an attractive location for Hollywood productions. While the meeting wasn’t called for “The Hobbit,” specifically, it is reported that the film was discussed.

Does anyone doubt that this will happen? It all seems like a stall so that more people can dip their hands into what’s sure to be a profitable pot. Expect this situation to be resolved shortly, with Jackson in the director’s chair for two “Hobbit” films.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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