Peter Jackson says the "Hobbit" production "stands ready to help in any way we can" in the devastating aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake.
The Hobbit director's told The Hollywood Reporter that several of the film's actors and crew come from the region and that "we are doing all we can to support them".
In a statement, Jackson said everyone involved in the production of The Hobbit is "shocked and saddened by the earthquake and its devastating aftermath".
He also revealed that he has contacted Civil Defence to offer practical assistance as well as reiterating that their prayers and thoughts were with everyone who had been affected by what is happening.
In a show of solidarity, Weta Workshop also told the Hollywood
Reporter that they had already made donations to the Earthquake
Relief Fund and clothing for those who had been evacuated into
Wellington out of the region.
Agency Film New Zealand has also offered sympathies to the region. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, CEO Gisella Carr said "the agency joins all New Zealanders and others around the world in extending its heartfelt sympathies to those affected by the tragic earthquake in Christchurch".
Just two weeks ago, Jackson unveiled the cast for the new Hobbit film
at a press conference in Wellington.
Filming of the The Hobbit will begin on March 21. Shooting will take place in Miramar and at other locations across New Zealand.
The start date was chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the New Zealand seasons.
There is no word yet on whether any of those dates will change following events in Christchurch.
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