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01.02.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Projects Peter Jackson Should Make Next

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES brings to an end Peter Jackson's telling of THE LORD OF THE RINGS saga. What comes next for the director is unknown, but he has several projects in development that he could try next. This list represents not only films that Jackson has been involved with in the past but also ideas for movies that could use his signature style of film-making. If you have ideas for movies that Peter Jackson should make that didn't make our Top Ten, feel free to add them to the talk backs below.

#10 - The Silmarillion

While Peter Jackson may be unable to film additional stories that take place in Middle Earth, I hope that changes someday. He has proven he cares for the source material quite a bit and would be one of the few directors who could do it right. To keep things consistent, why not allow him to direct the origin of Middle Earth and the first wars amongst the elves?

#9 - Mortal Engines

Peter Jackson has previously discussed making Phillip Reeve's novels into a film so why not tackle it now? The books are set in a post-apocalyptic London which has reverted to a Victorian setting. The steampunk technology would allow Jackson to make a scifi epic using the same WETA tools he had for THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Whether he makes all four novels into films is doubtful, but I would love to see his take on the material.

#8 - A Confederacy of Dunces

Long considered to be unfilmable, this is exactly the type of project Jackson could tackle the same way he did with THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In keeping with his desire to make smaller films that are not as special effects heavy, this comedic epic could be a masterpiece. Maybe Will Ferrell is still interested in playing Ignatius J. Reilly?

#7 - The Adventures of Tintin 2

While Spielberg and Jackson continue to promise we will see another big screen outing based on the world famous Herge comics, the release date for THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN sequel keeps getting pushed further and further back. Right now, it seems to be slated for 2016, but with no mention from Jackson, that may get pushed yet again.

#6 - Temeraire

Peter Jackson has previously mentioned that he was interested in making the TEMERAIRE series of novels into either feature films or a television mini-series. There has not been much movement since 2009 when Jackson shared fears if he made one film and it flopped that the rest of the story would never be told. But, the idea of the Napoleonic Wars being fought with the aid of dragons is too cool to not be made.

#5 - Bleeding Edge

Paul Thomas Anderson is receiving critical acclaim for his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's INHERENT VICE. So, why not have another acclaimed filmmaker take a stab at the works of the author? Revolving around the September 11th attacks and the development of the Internet, BLEEDING EDGE would be very different from anything Jackson has made to date but would absolutely benefit from his style and scope of directing.

#4 - John Carter

Would Andrew Stanton's JOHN CARTER have been made if not for THE LORD OF THE RINGS? Probably not. So, with the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs looking to reboot the science fiction series after the box office disaster that was the Disney version, why not recruit one of the top names in epic filmmaking working today?

#3 - Halo

Another project that Peter Jackson has been involved with in the past, HALO has been adapted as web series and brilliant live action commercials, and yet we have not seen the epic film that the story deserves. It should not be this hard to make a movie based off such a cinematic video game, especially with the development time Jackson has already dedicated to the project.

#2 - The Dam Busters

First time director Christian Rivers began developing THE DAM BUSTERS remake in 2008 with Jackson as a producer. Since then, we have not heard much about the World War II action film. At this point, Jackson should just take over the project himself and we would be in for quite the spectacle. We know Jackson can handle aerial scenes thanks to KING KONG, so let's see this movie in all it's 3D glory.

#1 - The Dark Tower

While Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman are working on adapting Stephen King's magnum opus, Peter Jackson is the man with the visual talent to tell such a sprawling story on the big screen. While Jackson may not be looking to dedicate himself to yet another massive, multi-film endeavor, there are few director's with the experience and skill to take such a complicated written work and make achieve it for an audience. Still, we can dream.

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10:54AM on 01/05/2015
What about another low-budget, indie art film like Heavenly Creatures? I'd rather see something like that next. He's too high on special effects and giant scope, and it's getting stale (it was not appropriate for the last four movies he's made).

Also The Silmarillion should never be adapted to film or to TV. Maybe individual stories from it, but as much as I adore The Silmarillion, I just don't think it would work in an adaptation.
What about another low-budget, indie art film like Heavenly Creatures? I'd rather see something like that next. He's too high on special effects and giant scope, and it's getting stale (it was not appropriate for the last four movies he's made).

Also The Silmarillion should never be adapted to film or to TV. Maybe individual stories from it, but as much as I adore The Silmarillion, I just don't think it would work in an adaptation.
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9:16PM on 01/03/2015
As long as he stays the hell away from Middle-Earth. You say he has much respect for the source material but I have a hard time finding elements from The Hobbit movies that were actually in the book
As long as he stays the hell away from Middle-Earth. You say he has much respect for the source material but I have a hard time finding elements from The Hobbit movies that were actually in the book
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8:02PM on 01/03/2015
I guess I'm alone in thinking Jackson should retire like Lucas. He's giving me a headache. TBOTFA was a giant Shit Sandwich.
I guess I'm alone in thinking Jackson should retire like Lucas. He's giving me a headache. TBOTFA was a giant Shit Sandwich.
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7:29AM on 01/03/2015

DRAGONS OF PERN MIGHT BE COOL

Talk about source material. There's probably 20+ books that could easily be developed. Actually there are tons of books out there that if Jackson were to adapt to movies would be great. The Silmarrilion I do agree with however, I'd be interested to see stuff like Strider's Saga or Adventures of Gimli or the Rise of Gondor. Something to tell the stories of the middle years between The Hobbit & LOTR. I just think there could be some pretty cool movies in there somewhere. The list is pretty
Talk about source material. There's probably 20+ books that could easily be developed. Actually there are tons of books out there that if Jackson were to adapt to movies would be great. The Silmarrilion I do agree with however, I'd be interested to see stuff like Strider's Saga or Adventures of Gimli or the Rise of Gondor. Something to tell the stories of the middle years between The Hobbit & LOTR. I just think there could be some pretty cool movies in there somewhere. The list is pretty good except for the Dark Tower, that thing might make a good movie someday but the possibility of a minimum of 9 movies from the 7 books is just insanity.
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8:44PM on 01/02/2015

Elric please!

Watching the pale, white-haired Thranduil slice up orcs in BOTFA got me wanting an Elric film. Jackson could go back to his horror roots and make it bloody.
Watching the pale, white-haired Thranduil slice up orcs in BOTFA got me wanting an Elric film. Jackson could go back to his horror roots and make it bloody.
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6:38PM on 01/02/2015
I wish someone would try this and he's got the clout. There has got to be tons of old science fiction/fantasy movies in the studio vaults with classic performances but hampered with outdated special effects and music. He could pull off a DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID for another genre.
I wish someone would try this and he's got the clout. There has got to be tons of old science fiction/fantasy movies in the studio vaults with classic performances but hampered with outdated special effects and music. He could pull off a DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID for another genre.
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4:44PM on 01/02/2015

Funny you should mention John Carter OF MARS, by the way.

I've been re-reading the World of Tiers series recently. Now there's a series I would love Peter Jackson to take a crack at. That or John Carter OF MARS.
The connection between the two is that Wolff and Kickaha do their best to recreate Barsoom on the moon in the universe that Jadawin created.
I've been re-reading the World of Tiers series recently. Now there's a series I would love Peter Jackson to take a crack at. That or John Carter OF MARS.
The connection between the two is that Wolff and Kickaha do their best to recreate Barsoom on the moon in the universe that Jadawin created.
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1:38PM on 01/02/2015
I think he's likely to do a low budget New Zealand based story as his next project.
I think he's likely to do a low budget New Zealand based story as his next project.
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12:14AM on 01/03/2015
That would be the best. I know he'd never make something like Bad Taste or Brain Dead again, but something smaller would be great.
That would be the best. I know he'd never make something like Bad Taste or Brain Dead again, but something smaller would be great.
12:32PM on 01/02/2015
That was a list of very big epic stories. I'd like to see him do something significantly smaller in scope. Frighteners is still my favorite flick of his.
That was a list of very big epic stories. I'd like to see him do something significantly smaller in scope. Frighteners is still my favorite flick of his.
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