The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Hobbit was almost filmed in Britain, director reveals


WELLINGTON  (AFP) - The Hobbit director Peter Jackson on Tuesday said the low point making his Tolkien epic was when the production almost moved from his native New Zealand to Britain because of a union dispute.

Jackson, who will host the world premiere of the first instalment of his trilogy in Wellington on Wednesday, said studio executives went as far as scouting locations in Scotland and England when the row erupted in late 2010.

The Oscar-winning director feared not being able to use the rugged New Zealand backdrops that were an integral part of his first Tolkien project, the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

"The Hobbit came very close to not being filmed here," he told Radio New Zealand.