Oh, Peter Jackson. What are we going to do with you and The Hobbit? The film is constantly on a hot and cold, will they or won’t they rollercoaster surrounded by drama. The latest installment in the film’s production saga has to do with labor laws and unions. According to the New York Times, there have been complaints coming from New Zealand and Australian labor organizations regarding Jackson’s crew practices.
These groups claim that Jackson, MGM and New Line, “have been offering work to nonunion actors without guaranteeing minimum salaries or other union requirements, and they are warning their members about the project.” In the world of big budget films this is a huge no-no. Not only because it goes against the union but also because it makes you look like a cheap douche who doesn’t take care of their people.
Over at The Guardian, Jackson refused to take these allegations lying down so he released a statement in his defense.
“It feels as if we have a large Aussie cousin kicking sand in our eyes … or to put it another way, opportunists exploiting our film for their own political gain,” wrote Jackson in a lengthy statement. “They want greater membership since they get to increase their bank balance. If The Hobbit goes east – eastern Europe in fact – look forward to a long, dry big-budget movie drought in this country.”
It sounds like someone’s peeved! Jackson is seriously considering heading up north to shoot his project since he’s received such harsh treatment down bottom.
What do you think of Jackson vs the Union? Who do you believe?