Hobbit Faces Actor Union Battle

September 27, 2010 by  
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Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit has suffered yet another glitch, with actors’ unions advising their members to boycott the movie after producers allegedly failed to guarantee certain rights for its actors.

A whole host of union representatives, including those from the Screen Actors Guild, have put out a statement warning: “The makers of feature film ‘The Hobbit’ – to be shot in New Zealand next year – have refused to engage performers on union-negotiated agreements… [actors] are advised not to accept work on this non-union production. If you are contacted to be engaged on ‘The Hobbit’ please notify your union immediately.”

The Lord Of The Rings prequel has famously faced numerous obstacles on its road to getting made, with original director Guillermo del Toro pulling out of the production and head wizard Ian McKellan saying he wouldn’t wait any longer to begin filming. And whilst Hobbit producers are clearly made of strong stuff, powering ahead with their plans despite these hiccups, they might just findnot having any actors a major setback when it comes to shooting the film.

However, for the time being at least, Jackson and co. have no intention of giving up, with the director releasing a fairly blasé statement claiming that, “Personally speaking, I’m not anti-union in the slightest. I’m a very proud and loyal member of three Hollywood unions – the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild and the Writers Guild. I support the Screen Actors Guild.” There you have it – that should sort it. Filming begins for the movie in the new year.

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