New Zealand Herald
February 23, 2000Mayors
Bid to Win Star Wars
Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey
and his Wellington counterpart, Mark Blumsky, hope to convince Hollywood movie moguls that
the third Star Wars movie should be made in New Zealand.
And they will be helped by our Ambassador to the US, former
Prime Minister Jim Bolger, who is throwing a party to bring the mayors and the movie men
The second Star Wars "prequel" is to start shooting
at Fox Studio Sydney in June, after Australia pipped New Zealand at the post to have the
movie's pod racers land on our shores.
Auckland film-maker Tim Coddington said New Zealand lacked
the studio facilities to lure Star Wars II when its makers were "flirting" with
the idea two years ago.
He has arranged meetings for the mayors with key producers.
Mr Harvey and Mr Blumsky will be at the Location 2000 Expo in the Los Angeles Convention
Centre this week, and will meet film executives to make their pitch.
In the meetings, Mr Harvey will focus on the success of Xena:
Warrior Princess, and Mr Blumsky will cite Lord of the Rings as an example of Hollywood
using the local industry. The mayors will highlight the low cost of making films in New
Zealand, then throw in the added bonus of spectacular locations.
Mr Coddington, who will join the New Zealand delegation
tomorrow, said the LA trip would "help towards trying to lure Star Wars III
Star Wars III is due for release in 2005. Mr Harvey is
scheduled to meet Ted Galgliano, production head of Twentieth Century Fox, the distributor
of the Star Wars films.