New Zealanders protest for “The Hobbit” location
October 26, 2010
“This is where Middle Earth was born and this is where it should stay,”
said Richard Taylor, special effects artist for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. BBC News reported that The Shire was in peril when Warner Bros Studio was considering moving the filming location for “The Hobbit” elsewhere.
Studio execs say the consideration of a location change came from the recent actor’s union strike over low wages. This strike has since ended, however Warner Bros has still been considering a new home for The Shire. (probably working for Sauron)
In response, thousands of local New Zealanders took to the streets to demonstrate their love of the films and the desire to keep Middle Earth in its original place.
BBC also reported that the New Zealand government is also trying to support the rallies and keeping the production in place by Prime Minister, John Key, meeting with the Warner Bros executives later today.