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Co-writer Phillipa Boyens said the company “is fighting to retrieve” the movies, but “we can literally feel (them) slipping from our fingers.”
In a statement later Thursday, New Zealand Actors Equity said it had agreement with the nation’s screen producers and directors “to commence good faith negotiations” for new conditions for actors.
“While negotiations occur, Equity has agreed that those productions which fully comply with the current guidelines for the engagement of cast … will not be subject to industrial action,” it said.
As well as union issues, the ongoing restructuring of flailing Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., which owns half the project, has contributed to delays.
In May, Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro quit after working on the project for nearly two years. Jackson, who directed the “Rings” series, has taken his place.
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