Movie bosses had asked executive producer Jackson and computer-game giant Microsoft to reduce their profit margins on the reported $200 million project--a request which both allegedly refused.
The studios were also concerned that the costly film is being made by a first-time director, Neill Blomkamp.
But Jackson spokesman Ken Kamins says, "The only budget the filmmakers ever spoke about was $145 million less the 12.5 percent rebate that you get from shooting in New Zealand, which would put it at about $128 million. That was the only number that was ever discussed."
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