Mike Fleming

New Zealanders are leaving nothing to chance when Warner Bros executives arrive early this week. Prime Minister John Key and other politicians  are trying to salvage The Hobbit situation so the shoot stays in New Zealand. But the studio is eyeing other locations after the production was temporarily blacklisted by local and U.S. acting guilds. In a country whose population is about half the size of Los Angeles, the threat of losing its signature shoot — and its $500 million budget — has people rallying around director/producer Peter Jackson who brought them all that Lord Of The Rings trilogy fame and fortune and tourism and just plain work. Check out this video that is spreading across New Zealand, designed to bring people to the streets in a show of support:

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