(I see Karol touched on this topic in an earlier post, but I think it’s worth further examination.)
As widely reported, Big Film is having a bit of a hissy fit right now. Here’s the 3 News account:
Warner, Wingnut warn against releasing Hobbit docs
Warner Bro’s New Line Cinema and Wingnut Films have warned that the release of Government documents on the deal struck over their making of The Hobbit trilogy in New Zealand would be a “major disincentive” to future film-making in the country.
In a recent ruling by the Ombudsman, the Government has been ordered to release the documents following an application for their release by Radio New Zealand in 2010 that was originally refused. …
New Line Cinema says the documents reflect the company’s “negotiations and innermost thinking, including certain strategic decisions, legal and personal opinions, offers from third party governments and other private information.
“If the [New Zealand] government is not willing to adequately protect this sensitive information from disclosure, this will operate as a major disincentive to motion picture studios as well as local and foreign talent – to utilize New Zealand as a location for future productions.”
So having the truth in the open would be a “major disincentive” would it? Having successfully trampled all over our sovereignty in the past, Warners clearly expects us to roll over for this open threat too. Which really only highlights the question doesn’t it. What’s in these documents? What are they afraid of do you think?