Peter Jackson and crew could leave New Zealand as the country's actor's unions threaten a boycott

By Nicole Sperling
Updated October 08, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Will Peter Jackson and The Hobbit leave New Zealand? With the country’s actors’ union still threatening a boycott, the studio, Warner Bros., is entertaining offers from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Eastern Europe, and Australia as alternate locations for the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel. Sets for Hobbiton have already been built in New Zealand, but sources confirm that the production could film the needed seven to eight days there and then shoot the rest of the production elsewhere.