The authorities in New Zealand were very willing to have the movies filmed there, so willing that changed employment laws and increased the tax rebates for the productions. The unions did not like this one bit, and fought the law changes. Also, the Labour Party accused the Government of chequebook legislation. In the end, things were settled and The Hobbit movies were filmed in New Zealand. But, things were not finished.
Earlier this month, the Ombudsman ordered the Government to release documents about the deal struck for the movies. However, Warner Bros’ New Line unit warned that the ruling called the future of film-making in New Zealand into doubt.
Yesterday, in a statement, Peter Jackson said that he welcomed the release of the documents, hoping they would end “unfounded conspiracy theories" that Warner Bros. had been dictating terms to the New Zealand government.
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