New Line released a statement today to clarify that although actors’ unions had abandoned their boycott of The Hobbit, the studio might still seek a location other than New Zealand for its enormous productions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings prequels. “NZ Equity/MEAA continued to demand, as a condition of the retractions, that we participate in union negotiations with the independent contractor performers,” read the statement. “We have refused to do so, and will continue to do so. The actions of these unions have caused us substantial damage and disruption and forced us to consider other filming locations for the first time. Alternative locations are still being considered.”