"The Hobbit" Forges Ahead, Production to Begin February 2011 


New Line president and COO Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. president and COO Alan Horn, and MGM co-CEO Steve Cooper jointly announced that "the two films based on 'The Hobbit' are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson."

Yay? Yeah, but this means that the production must still overcome its labor issue hurdle. The issue lies on the dispute between Jackson and the New Zealand Actors' Equity and SAG. So "The Hobbit" may end up shooting elsewhere but New Zealand which was home to "The Lord of the Rings." Jackson said Warners are looking at five different locations around the world.

SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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