Wellington US company Amazon announced the shooting of its series on Friday Head of rings It will move from New Zealand to Great Britain and this decision will have a negative financial impact on the maritime country.
Glad New Zealand was chosen as the setting for the shooting of several seasons of this high budget series. The country hoped to become one of the world leaders in the film industry, especially in the digital special effects.
In addition, while tackling the corona virus crisis, the tourism industry hopes the series will attract visitors to the country.
The series, still untitled, tells the story of the adventures of this wonderful kingdom, created in the 1930s by British writer JRR Tolkien and later filmed by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
His famous trilogy was filmed throughout the entire archipelago and increased the tourist attraction.
Before the epidemic, millions of tourists traveled to New Zealand each year to explore the amazing landscapes of the Mediterranean, where film adventures take place.
After filming for the first season was over, Amazon announced that filming for next season would take place in Great Britain.
Vernon Sanders, Vice President, Amazon Studios, said: “We would like to thank the people and government of New Zealand for providing the” Lord of the Rings “series with an incredible place to embark on this wonderful journey.
Stuart Nash, New Zealand’s Minister of Economic Development, offered to help change his mind on Amazon and was “disappointed” by the decision, although he acknowledged that the film industry was “very competitive”.
The minister said Amazon could spend about $ 660 million ($ 420 million, 35 358 million) on New Zealand to cover the filming of the series “Game of Thrones” from HBO.
Amazon stressed that its decision was part of its expansion strategy in Great Britain, where many of its products have already been filmed.
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