The Hobbit Will Stay In New Zealand
The Hobbit has suffered more misfortune than any film not directed by Terry Gilliam but now we’ve got some good news. Warners and the New Zealand government have finally reached a deal which will end the industrial dispute which threatened the film’s attachment to the country.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said in a statement, “I am delighted we have achieved this result. Making the two Hobbit movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders, but it will also follow the success of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy in once again promoting NZ on the world stage.”
We’re sure that the fact that The Hobbit will continue to bolster New Zealand’s burgeoning tourist industry after Lord Of The Rings almost single-handedly made it a destination will have had nothing to do with them wanting to reach a quick amicable decision.
The row erupted over the distinction between independent contractors and employees which isn’t explicit in New Zealand law. The plan now is to introduce legislation which will clear this matter up and allow an additional tax rebate of $7.5m per picture.
Right, now that that’s all cleared up, what’s going to be the next disaster to befall the production? We’re taking bets on a direct meteor strike.