If Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit were a person, I have to believe it would wake up every morning asking itself, “Why even bother getting out of bed?” Whether you’re talking about how MGM’s finances (or lack thereof) are potentially forcing the studio to shop the project to the highest bidder, or how its choice for Bilbo Baggins may or may not be too busy to appear in the film, it seems as if The Hobbit just can’t catch a break. And now, just when we thought filming could begin in January, international labor unions are advising actors not to participate in the film, citing it as a “non-union production.” Luckily for the hard-luck project, co-writer/director Peter Jackson isn’t taking this one lying down.
In response to the “Member Alert” issued last Friday by the Screen Actors Guild, Jackson has issued an open letter refuting the claims made against his film. Moreover, to prove he’s not taking the potential boycott lightly, his response features a threat to move the film out of New Zealand and into Eastern Europe. Disclaimer: if the business/politics of film production doesn’t interest you, you may want to move along. Otherwise, to check out Jackson’s lengthy, occasionally redundant, yet seemingly rational response, hit the jump.