The Curse of The Hobbit
No, that’s not the title of some freaky horror spin off. I’m referring to the doomed production of one of the most eagerly (and fearfully) anticipated prequels of recent years.
A while ago I wrote about the issues they’ve been having with finding a director after Guillermo Del Toro quit, but it seems the bad luck is far from over. The pre-production period of this film is already starting to span years, but over the weekend the team have suffered a major setback when the New Zealand set burned down.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, there are rumours that this was no accident, but may have been an arson attack by disgruntled actors’ unions who are quarrelling with the studios over low pay.
There is so much riding on this film, it seems that someone out there just doesn’t want it to get made. Let’s hope the bad luck is over and we can finally get the brilliant movie all us Tolkienites are hoping for.