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Jackson refuses to be dismayed by Hobbit troubles

The moviemaker directed all three Lord Of The Rings films and has signed up to produce the upcoming prequel.

But the picture has been put on hold as movie bosses fight to bring The Hobbit to the big screen amid ongoing financial problems at MGM Studios.

Director Guillermo del Toro quit because of the delays and The Hobbit has also been targeted by actors’ unions in New Zealand, where the film was due to be shot, who have instigated a boycott over performers rights – leaving movie bosses scouting for a new location.

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But Jackson is refusing to give up hope that cameras will roll on the long-gestating project as soon as possible.

He tells Empire Online, “I keep hearing positive things. Everyone’s working very hard. There’s a lot of people at Warner Bros. who are working around the clock trying to manoeuvre through the MGM complexities. MGM is a company that is about to go bankrupt and in a way they are about to take The Hobbit into bankruptcy hell with them when they go down. Warners are trying to extract The Hobbit out of the bankruptcy hell before it happens. It is just so complicated I can’t even put my head into it…”

Jackson is adamant he is still passionate about the project, despite the problems, and hints he could still take over as director.

He adds, “Oh yeah, for sure (I’m still passionate about The Hobbit). I’m certainly happy to be involved. At the moment, I’m a writer and a producer on it… We’ll see… Warner Bros. have been very, very good, very loyal and very supportive and I want to do what’s right for them first and foremost… And it’s also something I am actually excited about so we’ll see what happens.”

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