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Once He's Done With Middle Earth, Peter Jackson Wants To Focus On Smaller, New Zealand-Set Movies

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by Kevin Jagernauth
October 22, 2013 11:17 AM
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With the exception of the (awful) "The Lovely Bones," Peter Jackson has spend well over a decade creating some of the biggest screen spectacles ever at the multiplex. Of course, his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was a massive blockbuster hit and Oscar-winning saga, and he's currently in the midst of trying to match that feat with his "The Hobbit" films. And the filmmaker also took time to tell the story of "King Kong" all over again, albeit in his trademark, lengthy and epic style. But it looks like Jackson is now ready to return to modestly sized movies.

Speaking with The New Zealand Herald, Jackson shared that he wants to get off the tentpole train. "We have got a few bits and pieces that we are working on, Fran [Walsh] and I. The things that we are most excited about are some New Zealand stories. We just want to step off the Hollywood blockbuster thing for a while and we've had a few New Zealand stories in line for a while that we think would make great films. The 'Heavenly Creatures' mode really," he said. "But one thing has led to another and we have never had time. We've made a conscious decision that in the limited years we have left to make movies to tell some New Zealand stories."

Indeed, time is weighing heavily on the 51-year-old filmmaker who sees his window for making movies only getting smaller. "In some respects in terms of my remaining film-making career this was a five-year chunk that was kind of taken out of it unexpectedly. My future is five years less than I thought it was," he said of working on "The Hobbit." "I thought if I am going to do that I am actually going to enjoy it. I am going to have fun. Hopefully, that is reflected on the screen, too."

So what could those smaller movies be? Well, Jackson doesn't say and he hasn't attached himself to much at all either, though at one point he was thinking about making a film about the Battle Of Gallipoli. But is that something in "Heavenly Creatures" mode? Doesn't seem like it. And what of the "Tintin" series, and the second movie which he is theoretically supposed to direct?

Many questions to be answered but as the press machine gears up for the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on December 13th, perhaps we'll get a better idea.


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  • Ugh | October 22, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    I'll believe it when I see it. "The (Truly Awful) Lovely Bones" was supposed to be a small film in the style of "Heavenly Creatures" but because PJ has essentially created a film industry down in New Zealand that has to support hundreds if not thousands of workers the film ballooned into the $100+ million effects turd it ended up being.

  • Ahh | October 22, 2013 11:14 PM

    ugh... don't even remind me of lovely bones, I still can't get over how bad that film was although the stuff with Stanley Tucci is really good. I can only hope that these intimate "new zealand" stories that PJ is proposing will not be so special effects heavy.

  • jon | October 22, 2013 12:24 PMReply

    Anything remotely interesting about Peter Jackson as a filmmaker ended with King Kong. I would be very surprised if he even knew how to get back into "Heavenly Creatures mode" at this point. Would love to be wrong.

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