Acting Unions Drop The Hobbit Boycott
Union bosses at New Zealand Actors Equity appear to have broken their deadlock with filmmaker Peter Jackson and the producers of The Hobbit, urging foreign guilds to lift their do-not-work order on the Lord Of The Rings prequel.
An angry Jackson threatened to re-locate the movie from his native New Zealand if local actors didn't end their boycott of the film over a contract dispute with studio bosses.
And, after a month-long stand-off, it appears the tense situation is cooling.
Officials at America's Screen Actors Guild broke the latest news in the ongoing union battle, stating, "Our sister union New Zealand Actors Equity issued a statement recommending all international performers' unions rescind their member advisories on the feature film production The Hobbit.
"In light of this recommendation, Screen Actors Guild will be alerting its members that they are now free to accept engagements, under Screen Actors Guild contract terms and conditions, on The Hobbit."
Jackson and his fellow producers recently announced that the delayed film will start shooting in February (11).