The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand
After pay disputes made it look like Warner Bros was going to move the filming of its upcoming epic The Hobbit away from New Zealand, it seems that isn’t the case.
The film company has bagged some concessions from the New Zealand government to keep it there, The Hollywood Reporter states. The government has agreed to broaden the criteria for its large budget incentive program, basically meaning an additional rebate for Warner Bros to the tune of up to $15 million.
John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, also announced a long term partnership with the movie company to promote the country as both a film making and tourist destination.
The Hobbit was only green-lit a couple of weeks back, with Peter Jackson now officially in charge of the two part epic.
The New Zealand PM commented that it felt good to get all the uncertainty behind them, and move on full-steam ahead with the filming.
The first part of The Hobbit should be out at the end of 2012, with Martin Freeman confirmed as playing Bilbo Baggins.
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