It’s finally over. As we reported yesterday, the whole nightmare over whether or not the Hobbit would be filmed in New Zealand is finally resolved. So with that out of the way work on the sets is underway! New Zealand news 3news did a flyover of the Hobbiton set near Matamata and saw crew members working on it to get it ready for filming in just a couple months. In addition Wingnut Films released a statement on the Weta website from Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh regarding the whole union drama and filming in New Zealand:
Filmmakers, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh stated today “We are grateful to the Government for introducing legislation which shall give everyone in the film industry certainty as to their employment status. This clarification will provide much needed stability and reassurance for film workers as well as investors from within New Zealand and overseas.”
Jackson went on to thank Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema for their continued commitment to New Zealand. “Their respect for the skill and talent of Kiwi crews and performers speaks for itself.”
Finally, Jackson stated, “I feel enormous gratitude to the film technicians, actors and fans who came out in support of making these films in New Zealand. To the thousands of people who took the time to write and let us know they were with us – thank you. It made all the difference.”
The Hobbit is finally underway. Sets are being prepared, and Jackson is ready! Get hyped! Now excuse me while I go watch the Extended Lord of the Rings on infinite loop until December 2012.