files/pictures/picture-35.jpgNew Zealand actors are becoming divided over the recent guilds' calls to unionize THE HOBBIT production, according to The Hollywood Reporter
. Fears are arising that the flap may drive the Peter Jackson film and others out of the country.
Nearly 90 actors met this past weekend and issued a statement to New Zealand Actors Equity urging it to advise other international unions to stop boycotts of the film, because it would be in conflict with their overall goals to improve working conditions and opportunities in the country. SAG and AFTRA have called on their members to not work the production.
The group also complimented Jackson for his relationship with NZ actors.
NZ Prime Minister John Key has weighed in on the issue and wants a swift resolution in the next week or so. The conservative government has come out on the side of producers against unionization. The country's attorney general said it would be impermissible under New Zealand law.