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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

 

Unions vs Peter Jackon

Peter Jackson wants to film the two-part Hobbit movie series in New Zealand. The original Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in New Zealand and he wants to continue filming there because it adds a lot to the movie with the big environments. Peter Jackson is employing thousands of workers to make these movies. The studios are ready to start filming but there is one problem... There are no actors to film. Peter Jackson wants to film this movie with non union actors. Jackon will not meet with unions to discuss deals. Jackson states:

"I feel growing anger at the way this tiny minority is endangering a project that thousands of people have worked on over the past two years, and the thousands about to [be] employed over the next four years, [and] the hundreds of millions of dollars that is about to be spent in our economy."

The unions are saying that there actors are "advised not to accept work on this non-union production." We will see if the film is even made at this point. Jackson may move the production up to Austria where many other movies are made if there is no fix to this situation.

This all comes down to the unions stopping their actors from making money by doing their jobs. I thought that the unions were supposed to help the workers not hurt them. Who knows what Peter Jackson and the sudios are willing to pay the actors, I'm sure its plenty of money.

Jackson said, "There is a twisted logic to seeing NZ [New Zealand] humiliated on the world stage, by losing 'The Hobbit' to Eastern Europe."

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