Peter Jackson Speaks Out On Recent HOBBIT Issues

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Production on The Hobbit has given way to an entertaining game of “He Said, She Said” between director Peter Jackson and CTU President Helen Kelly. Mark Sainsbury recently interviewed the pair along with producer/writer Phillipa Boyans in regards to the problematic production (or lack thereof) on The Lord of the Rings prequel.

Sainsbury seemed keen to get an answer on whether or not the film could be saved.  And if so, could the production be relocated to the United States, away from New Zealand? While no one ever directly answers that specific question, a visibly fired up Jackson — who stated he had lost confidence in the actors of New Zealand — pointed out that he just wanted to save his movie. All signs point to Warner Bros. displacing The Hobbit where they will presumably enjoy tax cuts and better profit margins. Hit the jump for more:

If The Hobbit ever gets a Blu-ray release, it will likely contain the most jam-packed supplemental material of all time as disputes between Jackson and everyone from New Line Cinema to that damn Balrog have hampered production. Of course, in order to get a Blu-ray release the damn thing must get made first, which doesn’t appear likely to happen anytime soon given the strenuous altercations between Warner Bros., Peter Jackson and this whole Union dispute with some unnamed villain in Australia.

The video features a lot of heated discussions about Unions, actor strikes that may or may not resemble “a lynch mob”, tax cuts, and the potential $2.8 billion in revenue New Zealand stands to lose if the production heads elsewhere. So, those of you expecting some information on the production itself will most likely want to skip through the business babble and check out the 2:50-mark where Jackson refers to some wooden boards and what appears to be a tarp as Gollum’s cave. It’s not much, but it’s something.

Check out the video below – Jackson and Boyans turn up a minute into the proceedings, with some truly heated comments from Jackson arriving at 3:45 mark:

While no clear cut answer is given, it’s safe to say that all signs are pointing to The Hobbit getting filmed elsewhere, with already established unionized actors as Helen Kelly humorously pointed out.

Then again, perhaps this film is just not meant to get made. Maybe it shouldn’t. With The Lord of the Rings trilogy standing high as the finest film series of all time (yep, I straight-up said it), perhaps more entries, particularly those coming off such a troubled production, will only mire perfection. Or maybe Jackson’s true passion will arise and The Hobbit will become the most sensational cinematic experience – more mind blowing than sex, rock n’ roll, and sex and chocolate – of all time. What do you think?




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  • Christophercantos

    it always seemed to me Jackson never wanted to direct this. i agree, then should just drop the idea of making this. Del Toro has moved on. Jackson should just move on and do the Tintin films. and maybe someday, when Del Toro is in his 60s and he’s got nothing to do. and Jackson is just a full time producer, they could get together in a room and make this film once and for all.

    the sad part is that Ian Mckellen won’t be there to reprise his famous role.

  • Dhsarp9000

    peter jackson is the best; wish i could work for him

  • http://erasend.blogspot.com kingdom2000

    I think this report shows the usual misnomer on this whole thing. Reporters keep assuming that UK Actors Equity represents the whole of the acting community in the country (like the Screen Actors Guild does in the states). That is not necessarily the case. Reports indicate the guild’s total members ship is less then 1% of the whole. Has any reporter actually bothered to verify if this union actually has the support from the actor community to represent them or just a tiny whole? If they had the entire acting community of NZ supporting them, why did all their backing have to come from overseas unions? I think before continuing to assume this is entire country of actors versus a single production, you should verify that assumption.

    Also, you do know that any agreement with the Hobbit would not have applied to other current and future productions in the country, right? That means for all the pain that was caused, it would have not really solved whatever problem NZAE thought it was addressing industry wide. As Kelly “humorously pointed out”, the production already had to meet the guild requirements of any actors that are part of the various worldwide unions. That means a hired SAG actor would already have been signed under SAG agreements, MEAA under Australia, etc. So for all intents, this was a unionized production anyway. The real problem was a union of a rumored membership total of 200 actors was able to successfully hold an entire production hostage. Wouldn’t you freak if say, a single reporter, could prevent Collider from continuing to function as a website by say getting oversea groups to block any attempt to access the site? Same thing here. The concerns are valid, dismissing them because the word “union” was invoked is under-estimating the scope of the problem.

  • http://erasend.blogspot.com kingdom2000

    I think this report shows the usual misnomer on this whole thing. Reporters keep assuming that UK Actors Equity represents the whole of the acting community in the country (like the Screen Actors Guild does in the states). That is not necessarily the case. Reports indicate the guild’s total members ship is less then 1% of the whole. Has any reporter actually bothered to verify if this union actually has the support from the actor community to represent them or just a tiny whole? If they had the entire acting community of NZ supporting them, why did all their backing have to come from overseas unions? I think before continuing to assume this is entire country of actors versus a single production, you should verify that assumption.

    Also, you do know that any agreement with the Hobbit would not have applied to other current and future productions in the country, right? That means for all the pain that was caused, it would have not really solved whatever problem NZAE thought it was addressing industry wide. As Kelly “humorously pointed out”, the production already had to meet the guild requirements of any actors that are part of the various worldwide unions. That means a hired SAG actor would already have been signed under SAG agreements, MEAA under Australia, etc. So for all intents, this was a unionized production anyway. The real problem was a union of a rumored membership total of 200 actors was able to successfully hold an entire production hostage. Wouldn’t you freak if say, a single reporter, could prevent Collider from continuing to function as a website by say getting oversea groups to block any attempt to access the site? Same thing here. The concerns are valid, dismissing them because the word “union” was invoked is under-estimating the scope of the problem.

  • IllusionOfLife

    I feel terrible for Peter Jackson, it shouldn’t be this damn hard to make a movie that the entire world is already lining up to see, but because of corporate and union agendas he’s having to fight for it tooth and nail. I wish nothing but the best for Jackson, and I hope that once the film actually goes into production it’s smooth sailing until release, god knows he needs a break from all this.

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  • Nickula11

    That Helen Kelly skank is EXACTLY the kind of uptight whore we need to keep away from filmmaking. You can tell that she’s in over her head and lying out of her loose, fat ass.
    Keep at it, Pete – The film fans are on your side.

  • Nickula11

    That Helen Kelly skank is EXACTLY the kind of uptight whore we need to keep away from filmmaking. You can tell that she’s in over her head and lying out of her loose, fat ass.
    Keep at it, Pete – The film fans are on your side.

  • Solgazer

    I’m from New Zealand, am an actor here and live, quite literally across the road from Weta studios. I also worked extensively on the Lord of the Rings films (lots of extra stuff, a few featured bits – nothing major – but lots of work over a four year period (best experience ever by the way – except for maybe skydiving!))and can tell everyone, unconditionally, that pretty much every actor does not feel represented by the unions in this instance.
    They do not represent me, they are reprehensible to me. Actors can be pretty self obsessed as a matter of course but in this case they seem to think they are the only people that were important and decided to take action without any thought to the literally hundreds if not thousands of people that work behind the scenes so that the actors can look good for a few seconds at a time on film. One of their complaints is proper breaks. If you’ve ever been on a set you’ll know that an actor spends most of their day doing absolutely fuck all. The good ones know this and are aware of the small role they play in a much bigger game.
    I believe the really self important ones however, thought the Hobbit was a sure thing and figured they had the director and producers over a barrel. They have been complaining about wanting industry standards, competely forgetting, there is no bloody industry in Wellington N.Z! There is Peter Jackson and his fine crew – and that’s it! This is not a group of businesses competing with each other as it is in Hollywood where they may have had a legitimate axe to grind. This is one guys passion being so large that it directly and indirectly benefitted an entire country. Peter is a guy who loves (loved?) living here and wanted to continue living here doing what he loved most.
    Then some crappy people (a very, very small percentage by the way) saw that someone else had more than they did somewhere else and decided that they wanted some of that too – completely ignoring that there are some pretty major differences between working in New Zealand and working in Hollywood or even Australia.
    Most of us here realise this and are hanging our heads in embarrassment at this vocal few and the opportunity we feel may have been taken from us now and in the future.
    It sucks how the few bad apples always spoil it for the rest of us eh?

    • Bruceleemail

      I agree totally with you- sadly the bottom line here seems to be a large amount of greed from a vocal minority: greed for power and control and greed for money and probably some jealousy thrown in.
      I’m in the movie exhibition business and I cant believe that this small group of people can bring so much embarrassment to our country and to the movie industry. Peter Jackson and the LOTR has done more in so many ways for every single NZer than anything these Unions have ever done.
      I wonder how many of the people controlling these Actors unions are actually actors or film makers themselves – and know how an actor or movie maker feels about his/her work – the actual ethics and art involved – I’m sure an actor has a different approach and attitude to work than say a boiler-maker or a nurse. The Unions these days are useless and need to change with the times and have a real honest heart for the actual people they are supposed to be representing instead of vying for power and control of the system and the whole industry.

  • Guest

    Dammit Helen Keller! Blind, Dumb hoe!

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