WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 14: Director of The Lovely Bones Peter Jackson speaks to the media during The Lovely Bones press conference at Intercontinental Hotel on December 14, 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Peter Jackson
In the face of seven major actors unions urging its members to boycott Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit," the producer -- and likely director -- has professed his support for unions and implied that the whole kerfuffle is actually an effort by Australia to "hurt the New Zealand film industry."
"I can't see beyond the ugly specter of an Australian bully-boy using what he perceives as his weak Kiwi cousins to gain a foothold in this country's film industry," Jackson said in a statement issued over the weekend. "They want greater membership, since they get to increase their bank balance."
"I also feel a growing anger at the way this tiny minority is endangering a project that hundreds of people have worked on over the last two years, and the thousands about to be employed for the next four years."
All this anger is in reaction to a call by Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA, aka the actors union in Australia) for
Let's start a pool -- who thinks this thing will hit theaters by 2014?