December 23, 2018
Plans to film $1 billion Lord of the Rings television series in NZ under threat
The Government has held a crisis meeting with Amazon TV executives as the network threatens to pull plans to film the Lord of the Rings series in New Zealand.
At US$1 billion (NZ$1.49 billion), it is touted as the most expensive television series in history – and accordingly, the most lucrative for the country where it is filmed.
Earlier this year, production company boss Jennifer Salke confirmed New Zealand was being considered as the location – but now, that's in jeopardy.
Amazon executives met this week with Economic Development Minister David Parker to express their concerns about a lack of studio capacity in Auckland. Both parties were tight-lipped about the high stakes negotiations, when contacted this weekend.