Fire damages Peter Jackson's studio in New Zealand

A fire damaged Peter Jackson’s production facilities near Wellington, New Zealand, possibly adding further delays to his troubled movie The Hobbit. According to MediaWorks NZ, a blaze broke out on Friday afternoon and lasted for nearly three hours before firefighters could put it out. No one was injured, but a spokesperson for Jackson’s company said that the damaged workshop would’ve been used for work on The Hobbit. The cause of the fire was still unknown.

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  • marcbjr2

    I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that this was started by people associated to the union attempting to get cast and crew to boycott The Hobbit

    • harry


  • bort

    Dear universe:

    Give it a rest and let him make the damn movie, already.

    • Julius

      for REAL

    • marcbjr2

      Exactly! I’ve wanted to see this since I saw the Fellowship in the theater

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      Yes please!!!

  • Nathan

    I think we can forget about the Hobbit ever being made, it just isn’t meant to be.

  • harry

    sounds like arson to me.

    • Cara K

      By Smaug!

  • MSR

    Every little thing that’s happened in association with this production is saying maybe it would be best to put it to rest, at least for now. The studio delays, the (dumb) acting boycott in New Zealand, the possible need for relocation (and rebuilding of already existing sets, like the Shire), and now this fire… maybe it’s unfortunately not in the cards right now.

    • Quirky

      Or maybe it’s all part of a cunning plot devised by criminal mastermind James Cameron who’s worried that the Hobbit may out gross his films. Seriously, the guy’s filthy rich, has his own underwater submarines, is constantly building new technology…I’m pretty sure Cameron is actually a real life James Bond villain.

      • silverrose

        thanks, i needed a good laugh today

  • Henry

    It’s not like he’s using it.

  • Henry

    The Hobbitt has been in pre-production for almost 10 years.

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