Peter Jackson may have a hard time finding further workers for his Lord Of the Rings prequel “The Hobbit.” According to Eonline, SAG and AFTRA, two large international unions that represent film works have advised their members to stay away from the project.
SAG released a statement warning union members that they:
“are advised not to accept work on this non-union project.”
“The Alliance agreement for large-budget international studio films…provides for residuals that are equivalent to those under the SAG agreement. The residuals proposed by the producers of The Hobbit are less in every respect.”
The film’s producers have received many letters of complaint from various unions for their failure to sign union contracts.
Lord Of The Rings is being produced by MGM and Warner Bros. and is expected to be released in 2011 once financing and distribution is secured.