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Sir Peter Jackson: “The PM should say something because I certainly don’t know what to say”

October 21, 2010 at 1:58 am by Earl  - 

Sir Peter Jackson was interviewed  earlier today on New Zealand’s TV ONE on the future of the Hobbit films in New Zealand. Excerpts follow:

“It’s a question of confidence in our industrial relations and the damage was done within a week of the blacklist going on.”

“There are risks involved in movies, they have to be good films, they have to earn a profit and [studios] need the insurance factor that money is going into a stable industrial climate.”

“Up until a month ago, no one had even thought in a million years that this movie was going to leave the country. And then this blacklist was bought on, and the studio said ‘What the hell is going on?’ and we tried to figure out what the hell was going on. At that point confidence in our country as a stable base to make movies started to erode.”

Warner Bros. representatives will be flying down to New Zealand next week to begin preparations for moving the films off-shore, and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has made it known he is prepared to meet with them. However, PJ’s  comments on the same seem to add veracity to the fact that the decision to keep the film in New Zealand is no longer in his hands.

“This is where I’m out of my depth. I can talk my way around the movie, but to tell the studio why investing $500 million in our country is a good idea when they’ve just seen the disgusting frivolous action that’s just happened, I don’t know what to say. The Prime Minister should say something because I certainly don’t know what to say.”

Read the entire interview over at New Zealand’s TV ONE.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, Studios, Warner Bros. on October 21, 2010 by Source: TV ONE Sir Peter Jackson: “The PM should say something because I certainly don’t know what to say” | Discuss
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3 responses to “Sir Peter Jackson: “The PM should say something because I certainly don’t know what to say””

  1. Linkd3 says:

    Holy frigging crap…
    How a person can be as purposely ignorant and blatantly insulting to the very people she’s claiming to help is mind boggling…

    Way to go Peter. I don’t think the cast and crew of the hobbit and other prodoctions in NZ need fear to much about having their film industry tainted by this. It’s obvious who the real moronic inconsiderate and uncaring bafoons are, and their not the people working hard to get this incredible movie made…

  2. EowynLuthien says:

    Peter should say that if they move away from NZ he won’t follow. It will cost a lot of money because they started already (buildt Hobbiton..) and have a lot of people with experience from LOTR-Production. This should be more important. I don’t think that there is any risk for them in NZ anymore. In Britain and Ireland aare not these mountains, landscapes. I know it very well. Tell it to WB.

  3. Heather says:

    Wow. They are really that stupid? If the Hobbit leaves no one’s gonna make a movie in New Zealand for a long ass time.

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