Peter Jackson must be a golden God to the people of New Zealand by pointing Hollywood's attention at the piece of land with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Large budget films have begun to congregate there and New Zealand's economy couldn't be happier.
The news station TV ONE has recently visited the set of Bridge to Tirabithia and have the footage to prove it. However, before they jump into the footage they claim that Walden Media/Disney is looking at New Zealand for the shooting of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Besides mentioning that Walden is looking to build a studio in the area-- possibly a permanent home --they also go to point out that Prince Caspian has received a budget somewhere near $300 million. Uh, what!
And to top it off, Walden Media is suggesting that they are looking to make every Narnia book into a motion picture. Hot damn are they motivated!
New Zealand is poised to reap the benefits of yet another big budget film. Disney and Walden Media, the companies behind the first Narnia movie, are hoping they'll film the next Narnia film, Prince Caspian, in New Zealand. A final decision is very close. But there's much more at stake as Walden Media also wants to make Auckland its permanent home building a state-of-the-art studio space. It's potentially the largest film investment New Zealand has ever seen, worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Robyn Janes has the story.
Head on over to TV ONE to check out the full report on New Zealand film making. Once you get to the page click on "Close Up: Major Movie Deal (6:26)."