THE HOBBIT Has A Green Light And A Start Date. Now It Just Needs A Location.
The Hobbit drama is almost over. After months of speculation the movie is finally set to go ahead with all parties involved officially giving the two Hobbit pictures the green light with a start date of February 2011 and Peter Jackson now officially signed on to direct. What it doesn't have, though, is a firm shooting location. The goal has always been to shoot in New Zealand but with the Screen Actors Guild and local New Zealand actors' unions boycotting the production they may be forced to move elsewhere to get around the union SNAFU. Either that or they could, you know, pay the people they hire an appropriate wage. Given that Jackson had to sue New Line to receive his full compensation and residuals for The Lord Of The Rings I'm frankly pretty surprised that he is now knowingly involved in a production that is looking to short its actors on those same fronts.
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