The severing of ties between PJ and New Line did not mean Weta was automatically barred from doing The Hobbit, according to Weta chief Richard Taylor. “Peter would not impress that on us,” Taylor said, adding that he did not know much about the Hobbit project yet and had not had a chance to talk to Peter.

Taylor said he wasn’t aware that negotiations between Peter and New Line to film The Hobbit had gone as far as they had. “I was only aware they had gone as far as they had by reading today’s article.”

“We’re hopeful that we may be invited to work on The Hobbit. There’s nothing more that we would like to do in our careers.”

Taylor said that Peter would “celebrate” if Weta got that opportunity.