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September, 2019

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult understands much of the
filming for Amazon Studios billion-dollar Lord of the Rings series will
take place in the Queenstown Lakes district.
It follows Amazons long-anticipated announcement this month that the
series, set to be the most expensive TV show ever, will be produced in
New Zealand.
West Auckland will be the production base for the project.
Boult says his information about the project comes from members of
the local film industry.
Its enormously exciting, and hopefully it will springboard some high-
paying jobs across the local industry, he says.
He says the series had been described as similar to Game of Thrones,
and could end up being the biggest ever production in the district.
Unlike movie shoots that came and went, he describes the series as a
long term exercise that could bring a significant financial benefit.
He and the council hadnt been approached directly by Amazon, but
there had been discussions via Film Otago Southland boss Kevin
Jennings, he says.
The Wakatipu Basin and Glenorchy were featured prominently in the
Peter Jackson-directed film trilogy, used as locations for the Misty
Mountains, Isengard, Lothlorien, and Fanghorn Forest among others.
Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford, in a statement this
month, says he welcomes the news.
This will be an ambitious production and having it based here will
create a range of benefits, including jobs and significant overseas
investment, which will unlock more opportunities to grow our creative
and technology sectors.

Source: Mountain Scene


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