Production of The Hobbit is finally set to begin today after months of delays. The two films are expected to pump around $1.5 billion into the New Zealand economy.From TV.NZ
Friction between director Sir Peter Jackson and the New Zealand actors' union over pay and conditions delayed production last year, and Jackson's hospitalisation earlier this year pushed filming back again.
Jackson's assistant Matt Dravitzki says everyone involved is now looking forward to some action.
The Hobbit is to be shot at Jackson's studios in the Wellington suburb of Miramar and on location around New Zealand.
This is incredible news! And we have kept in contact with the production crew in New Zealand, and they are still dedicated to bringing Melissa over to be a Hobbit Extra, like they promised. So sometime later this year (most likely) Melissa will be flying halfway around the world to be part of this incredible production.
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