The crew members of Amazon Prime Video’s television adaptation “The Lord of the Rings” and Netflix’s upcoming Japanese animated series “Cowboy Beppe” have both been allowed to start or resume production in New Zealand, along with five other projects.
According to New Zealand media website staff, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has revealed that seven projects in the coronavirus epidemic allowed international crews to enter the country. In addition to the long-awaited “Avatar” sequel and Jane Campion’s film “The Power of the Dog”, whose crew was already allowed in the country, staff have begun appearing on television shows “The Lord of the Rings”. “Cowboy Beppe” and “Power Rangers Beast Morphers” as well as movies “The Greatest Bear Run Ever” and “Sweet Tooth”.
A total of 206 cast and crew members and 35 members of their families will be allowed to enter the country for six months. At the time of the decision, MBIE cited that the productions would create 3,000 jobs and add 400 400 million to the New Zealand economy.
In a statement received from the staff, Economic Development Minister Phil Twiford said, “Our success in managing CVD-19 allows our country to still be able to securely produce screen content in a few countries. “The research and interest we are gaining from international production houses has told me that the international film community sees New Zealand as a global safe haven.” This is a friend of opportunity that we must embrace. This is an exciting time for New Zealand’s screen sector, despite the turmoil the world is facing. “
The “Lord of the Rings” television series was already produced in Auckland, when the epidemic was hitting, some crew members were given the opportunity to secede in the country, others returned to their homes and now have to return to New Zealand. The New Zealand Film Commission has said that although shooting for “Lord of the Rings” has not yet begun, they have begun pre-production. The series alone will bring 93 crew members and 20 family members to the country, including stars Robert Aramayo, Owen Arthur and Naznan Boniadi.
Production for “Cowboy Beppe” has not begun, but Netflix’s adaptation of the anime will bring 19 crew members and nine additional family members to New Zealand. The release date of “Cowboy Bepp” is not yet known.