New Zealand has long been a paradise associated with the exceptional triangle Head of rings, But with Local shooting of the Amazon Prime video series inspired by JRR Tolkien’s books has been abruptly canceled, For hundreds of workers the country has become more like Mortor than Shire.
A major blow to the country’s small but vibrant audiovisual industry, Amazon Studios announced on Friday that it has decided to shoot the second season of its original series., Without a more defined title, In Great Britain.
“Moving from New Zealand to Great Britain with the studio’s strategy of expanding its production line and investing in studios in the UK, many major Amazon studio series have already made their home in the UK,” the company said in a statement.
The move was a blow to many workers in New Zealand. One of the most expensive in production history, Amazon has spent at least 465 million in its first seasonAccording to official statistics, filming is over in New Zealand.
The series gave It created direct employment for 1,200 people in New Zealand and a further 700 indirect jobs, According to these statistics.
“It’s a shock to everyone,” said Denise Roche, director of Equity New Zealand, a union representing artists. “I feel bad for all the small businesses and technicians I have invested in in the future. No one has a clue.”
Roach said people on Amazon are disappointed, however it said the industry will continue.
Amazon series The events that take place in the books take place in the Second Age of the Middle Earth, thousands of years ago The Hobbit Y Head of rings Subsequent films directed by Peter Jackson.
Shooting began last year, but was postponed slightly due to an infection caused by the corona virus. Post production for the first season will last in New Zealand until June The series premieres on Amazon Prime Video in September next year.
Change for Great Britain is rare Amazon will get an additional 5% discount over 20% four months after signing the agreement with the New Zealand government Among the tax deductions received under the Audiovisual Product Agreement.
Many places around the world are competing for products that offer similar generous discounts.
At the time, New Zealand’s Minister of Economic Development Stuart Nash said Production will bring economic and tourism benefits to the country for many years to come And create “a lasting legacy for our audiovisual industry”.
Nash said Friday: The government learned just a day before the departure of the Amazon that I was disappointed with the decision. He noted that the government would withdraw the concession to provide an additional 5%.
Amazon said it was not looking for more discounts. But he dismisses the $ 92 million he had for the New Zealand physicist.
“The international audiovisual industry is incredibly competitive and highly mobile. We do not regret offering our best offer with government support for this product,” Nash said. “But in the local audiovisual industry we were disappointed.”
New Zealand has become synonymous with the world of Tolkien’s Works, Elves and Hobbits, After directing six films in Jackson Sea Country. The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the “The Hobbit” trilogy grossed $ 6 billion at the box office.
That said, when Amazon Studios first announced that it would be filming in New Zealand Beautiful beaches, forests and mountains make it the perfect place to revive the primordial beauty of the middle earth.
The cast of the series includes Cynthia Adai-Robinson, Morpit Clark, Ismail Cruz Cordova, Sofia Nomvet and Lloyd Owen.
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