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NZ Prime Minister John Key Believes “The Hobbit” Can Yet Be Salvaged

October 21, 2010 at 2:19 am by Earl  - 

TORn message board member Owain has alerted us to an interview with NZ Prime Minister John Key over at the New Zealand Herald. Mr. Key believes The Hobbit movies can be saved and he says he is going to do his best to achieve that end when Warner Bros. executives arrive in New Zealand next week to begin preparations to move the films off-shore.

Here follow a few of his comments from the aforementioned interview:

“My concern is that if Warner Brothers deems New Zealand is not a good place to make movies, then there is a real risk other major film production companies will also believe that to be the case. There’s work to be done and the Government hasn’t given up trying to do its best to secure the movies. This is a very successful growth area for New Zealand and to have the film industry destroyed on the back of the actions of the unions is, I think, reprehensible.”

“I don’t think we should write off our chances of retaining the movies. Warner Brothers has already invested $100 million in The Hobbit movies so they have, historically at least, been of the view that New Zealand is a good place to make movies and it’s only the actions of the unions that encouraged them to start looking at other locations.”

The full interview is available at the news site of the New Zealand Herald.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Production, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros. on October 21, 2010 by Source: New Zealand Herald NZ Prime Minister John Key Believes “The Hobbit” Can Yet Be Salvaged | Discuss
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One response to “NZ Prime Minister John Key Believes “The Hobbit” Can Yet Be Salvaged”

  1. ~Samantha says:

    It is no secret that the success of The Hobbit affects us all. Filmmakers are not living in isolated bubbles. Every industry that has benefited and grown since New Zealand took to the Hollywood stage is affected by this crisis. Every service; every taxi driver and doctor and electrician and teacher and carpenter and sales clerk and lawyer and dairy owner and bartender and every single person who supplies the community of filmmakers in some way will feel the effects if we lose this film… because this is now bigger than The Hobbit.

    What actors have stood for may be right, but has been very badly done. They have successfully and devastatingly got our attention, and probably now wish they hadn’t. Still, the finger-pointing and slander of who to blame is not what we need to be fighting about. All that matters now, to us as a country, is that we just sort ourselves out and remind Warner Brothers- and the entire world- why we are the best country to invest their film in.

    It is not our amazing scenery, nor our strong, established brand identity as Middle Earth that will sell us to investors. It is not a promise by desperate actors that they’re very sorry and will play nicely from now on. It is not because we have an enormous international fan-base, who will very possibly arrange a boycott of their own if The Hobbit is made elsewhere. What it comes down to this simple truth, that has been demonstrated many, many times.

    We are passionate, driven and hardworking people who care about our industry. Any studio will gain from our passion, because as New Zealanders we take pride and ownership of we do. We bravely -and naively- feel that when all is lost, we still can make a difference. This is one of the only countries in the world to not have established unions, and the result is a huge collaborative ownership of our work that has made momentous projects like The Lord of the Rings possible.

    This is what makes us most qualified for shooting The Hobbit, and every other future film. Our dedication and stoic solidarity, our flat refusal to give up, our love and support of each other and above all our love of being here, in the best little country in the world, it is this that investors can be sure of.

    We have held on, struggled for years, when overseas companies have enticed us with their rewards and trappings. We have held on because we are passionate about working in New Zealand and we are passionate about seeing our industry prove its worth on the world stage.
    Warner Brothers can rest assured that they will be investing in a country with pride, integrity and the desire to fight; to make a difference even when a difference can’t be made.

    It is critical that as a country, we convince Warner Brothers that we have the best qualifications to do this job. We can promise them the safe investment that they already want to make, we can offer them the security that no more problems will arise- at least from us- in this already long and rocky road.

    ~Samantha Mott, Film Technician in Wellington.

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