Taika Waititi Admits To Stealing Gear From ‘The Hobbit’ For Use In ‘What We Do In The Shadows’


New Zealand filmmaker and actor Taika Waititi appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Wednesday evening, where he shared a Hobbitbig secret regarding the second film in the popular film franchise directed by fellow New Zealand director Peter Jackson.

Waititi shared: “When I did What we do in the shadowswhen Jermaine and I were doing this, we didn’t have a lot of money to make this film, and The Hobbit had just completed. And, so, our production designer– man, I don’t know if I should say that. Alright, but I will. Our production designer, in the middle of the night, took his team The Hobbit studios and stole all the dismantled and broken green screens and took all the wood, and we built a house.”

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Waititi admitted that the house in his 2014 film What we do in the shadows was built from The Hobbit’s wood and green screen. There was about $200 million, more or less, the budget difference between Waititi What we do in the shadows and Jackson’s second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), which, as Waititi pointed out, was already over, so Jackson probably didn’t care. Although, according to the Thor: Love and Thunder director, Jackson probably doesn’t know either.

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“I had never told Peter Jackson about it. I don’t know if he knows about it. I like to tell it at parties, this story. But I don’t know if he actually knows about it,” Waititi admitted. .

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert broadcast weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on SCS.

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