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12.22.2014

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It's no secret that after delivering another trilogy in the realm of Middle-Earth, Peter Jackson is ready to bring things down a notch with his next project. While this doesn't bode well for fans looking forward to a TINTIN sequel, Peter Jackson did have some interesting things to say regarding the state of Hollywood blockbusters as well as how much of Guillermo del Toro's draft of THE HOBBIT screenplays made it to the final film, and his two cents regarding the possibility of a Middle-Earth theme park down the road.

Peter Jackson on Guillermo del Toro's surviving input:

Back when Guillermo was involved there were two drafts, because it was going to be two movies. And since then they have gone through multiple revisions by Philippa, Fran [Walsh], and myself. So it's hard, because sometimes you're revising dialogue but the fundamental idea Guillermo cooked up with us, and sometimes it wasn't. So it's all very hard to break it down. But certainly multiple drafts have happened since but we plotted out the major movements. His fingerprints are in there for sure. It's more than just that first draft, it's just that things branched off of the plotting and the machinations of the plot. It's possible that not a single line of dialogue of his survived but there are characters and things. That's why it's hard to define.

Regarding his next project:

I'm absolutely happy to make smaller films. It's what I want to do. Fran and I, and obviously with Philippa, we made HEAVENLY CREATURES as a chronicle of New Zealand. We're New Zealanders. HEAVENLY CREATURES was the last time we made a movie about our own culture. So we want to go back and make some New Zealand stories. I don't really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now. The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It's become very franchise driven and superhero driven. I've never read a comic book in my life so I'm immediately at a disadvantage and I have no interest in that. So now it's time for us to step back. We're heading towards something of that scale.

On whether or not a Middle-Earth theme park is a possibility:

I'm not a lawyer for Warner Bros but as far as I know, the Tolkien estate would dispute that. If Universal said they wanted to do a theme park, I think they'd be fighting a big Tolkien estate lawsuit for a while. Now who would win, I don't know, but the Tolkien estate would claim that they have the rights to that.

While comments about technology ruining Hollywood seem a little hypocritical given some complaints regarding an overuse of CGI in THE HOBBIT films, it looks like Peter Jackson is a little over the big blockbusters at the moment. After all, the man has been busting his ass on a job he wasn't expected to tackle in the first place, and in 3 films instead of 2 to boot. I actually agree with most people's criticisms so I think a smaller film or two might be just what the doctor ordered. For the love of all that is New Zealand, could we keep it under two hours this time?  However, if Universal Studios does somehow get the rights to creating a small piece of Middle-Earth, consider myself moved in.  That is, until Disney gets on that Star Wars theme park.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES is now in theaters.

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5:59AM on 12/23/2014
Pretty ironic that The Hobbit needed to be a smaller movie and the technology got in the way. And i hope if Universal does a theme park it won't be in Orlando
Pretty ironic that The Hobbit needed to be a smaller movie and the technology got in the way. And i hope if Universal does a theme park it won't be in Orlando
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3:16AM on 12/23/2014
Heavenly Creatures was mentioned multiple time there. Probably PJ realized that next to the LOTR trilogy, his only major critical success so far is that single movie. I have a soft spot for The Frighteners though. I think it was underrated and a lot of fun.
Heavenly Creatures was mentioned multiple time there. Probably PJ realized that next to the LOTR trilogy, his only major critical success so far is that single movie. I have a soft spot for The Frighteners though. I think it was underrated and a lot of fun.
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5:08PM on 12/22/2014

Hey yo jackson...

Lets get back to fucking basics bro, give us another horror movie, in vein of your old school shit. That would be killer thanx brah
Lets get back to fucking basics bro, give us another horror movie, in vein of your old school shit. That would be killer thanx brah
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2:02PM on 12/22/2014

Not really pot-calling-the-kettle-black, you can tell he's just tired of the same old same old.

The one thing I have issue with, is the "I've never read a comic book in my life" part.
Sir, what the hell do you think the TINTIN books are?
The one thing I have issue with, is the "I've never read a comic book in my life" part.
Sir, what the hell do you think the TINTIN books are?
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12:35PM on 12/23/2014
Comic book is a term specifically used for American comic strips and dates back to when they were released in magazines or newspaper. Most Tintin albums have a start and an ending and are quite long (65 pages) which makes them somehow closer to graphic novels than comic books.
Comic book is a term specifically used for American comic strips and dates back to when they were released in magazines or newspaper. Most Tintin albums have a start and an ending and are quite long (65 pages) which makes them somehow closer to graphic novels than comic books.
1:40PM on 12/22/2014

Especially the Tolkien Estate is suing for $80mil

So that other book will never be made.
So that other book will never be made.
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1:37PM on 12/22/2014
Good thing he doesn't make any effects driven movies :)
I'm all for him making more personal stories. He's got a pretty good track record in and out of Hollywood. I'll gladly welcome a break from middle earth.
Good thing he doesn't make any effects driven movies :)
I'm all for him making more personal stories. He's got a pretty good track record in and out of Hollywood. I'll gladly welcome a break from middle earth.
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11:32AM on 12/22/2014
Not liking comics is not a justifiable reason to hate or be envious of filmmakers pushing their love for comic book movies. Joss Wedon is a real comic book fan. Why shouldn't he be allowed to make movies he loves? It's no different than Jackson making Hobbit into 3 movies. He obviously has some love for them, which is fine, but don't pretend that every movie has to be a certain persons liking only. It's like that one director that thinks EVERY movie should be a realistic award winning drama. No
Not liking comics is not a justifiable reason to hate or be envious of filmmakers pushing their love for comic book movies. Joss Wedon is a real comic book fan. Why shouldn't he be allowed to make movies he loves? It's no different than Jackson making Hobbit into 3 movies. He obviously has some love for them, which is fine, but don't pretend that every movie has to be a certain persons liking only. It's like that one director that thinks EVERY movie should be a realistic award winning drama. No thanks! After a long week, sometimes fluff is good enough.
Not every movie needs to be a smash hit that tugs at your heartstrings. There are a lot of stupid movies and tv shows outs there and just as many people that enjoy them. To each their own. It really doesn't affect my life if someone prefers LOTR over Avengers. I can do both.
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6:57PM on 12/22/2014
Really don't think Jackson was implying that. He was just saying that HE, personally, has no love for comic book films which is quite different than what you claim he means.
Really don't think Jackson was implying that. He was just saying that HE, personally, has no love for comic book films which is quite different than what you claim he means.
6:57PM on 12/22/2014
Really don't think Jackson was implying that. He was just saying that HE, personally, has no love for comic book films which is quite different than what you claim he means.
Really don't think Jackson was implying that. He was just saying that HE, personally, has no love for comic book films which is quite different than what you claim he means.
11:27AM on 12/22/2014

"Unless that same technology is used in MY movies"

Would be more accurate. The degree of "pot calling the ketel black" in that anti-technology statement of his is insane. Look at his early features, any of his movies, really. He's obsessed with that technology that he so decries. Is he hurt that The Hobbit films aren't as culturally relevant as comic book movies? I don't get his point. His films have never been bastions of exemplifying low-tech human interest stories...
Would be more accurate. The degree of "pot calling the ketel black" in that anti-technology statement of his is insane. Look at his early features, any of his movies, really. He's obsessed with that technology that he so decries. Is he hurt that The Hobbit films aren't as culturally relevant as comic book movies? I don't get his point. His films have never been bastions of exemplifying low-tech human interest stories...
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11:21AM on 12/22/2014

Foot-in-mouth?

Critical of CGI and claims he's never read a comic [link] Peter, I thinks it's time for you to take a break from filmmaking for a while.
Critical of CGI and claims he's never read a comic [link] Peter, I thinks it's time for you to take a break from filmmaking for a while.
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11:11AM on 12/22/2014
Complaining about too much CGI? Perhaps Mr. Jackson should take a good hard look at the last 10 years of his career.
Complaining about too much CGI? Perhaps Mr. Jackson should take a good hard look at the last 10 years of his career.
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10:30AM on 12/22/2014
Well, I think he overloaded the last 2 Hobbit movies (as I haven't seen The Battle of The Five Armies yet) with CGI and to be honest the previous 3 movies of The Lord of the Ring have better CGI than those 2 Hobbit movies. And isn't The Hobbit considered franchise? I'm certain when all is said and done Peter Jackson will somehow make another Hobbit or The Lord of the Ring movie again.
Well, I think he overloaded the last 2 Hobbit movies (as I haven't seen The Battle of The Five Armies yet) with CGI and to be honest the previous 3 movies of The Lord of the Ring have better CGI than those 2 Hobbit movies. And isn't The Hobbit considered franchise? I'm certain when all is said and done Peter Jackson will somehow make another Hobbit or The Lord of the Ring movie again.
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10:14AM on 12/22/2014

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black

It's extremely rare for any filmmaker to revisit the same franchise 3 times. Jackson did it 6 times and the Hobbit trilogy is based on only one book.

As for the CGI criticism, please! There was so much green screen during the filming of The Hobbit, it made Ian McKellen cry!
It's extremely rare for any filmmaker to revisit the same franchise 3 times. Jackson did it 6 times and the Hobbit trilogy is based on only one book.

As for the CGI criticism, please! There was so much green screen during the filming of The Hobbit, it made Ian McKellen cry!
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10:09AM on 12/22/2014

After I just said that he was not guilty

Did he not watch all three of his new films? The whole entire battle looked like a video game with Legolas and the giant Orc.
Did he not watch all three of his new films? The whole entire battle looked like a video game with Legolas and the giant Orc.
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10:01AM on 12/22/2014
I'm hoping he makes a TinTin sequel, the Dambusters, some little drama, then dives back into Middle Earth in 4 or 5 years.

And yeah, Peter's comments against franchises and technology is kind of hypocritical after having just polished off the 6th movie in his own franchise. Although I'm sure he'd argue he just made 2 movies in 3 parts each.
I'm hoping he makes a TinTin sequel, the Dambusters, some little drama, then dives back into Middle Earth in 4 or 5 years.

And yeah, Peter's comments against franchises and technology is kind of hypocritical after having just polished off the 6th movie in his own franchise. Although I'm sure he'd argue he just made 2 movies in 3 parts each.
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9:57AM on 12/22/2014
He's not really complaining about the advent of technology, but more about the popularity of comic book movies because he's not into them. He lost his way with technology with his three hobbit movies in that he sacrificed story/character for spectacle. I'll always love PJ for giving us the LotR trilogy, but these hobbit movies are just lousy to me. I would have much rather seen Guillermo del Toro's vision for the Hobbit.
He's not really complaining about the advent of technology, but more about the popularity of comic book movies because he's not into them. He lost his way with technology with his three hobbit movies in that he sacrificed story/character for spectacle. I'll always love PJ for giving us the LotR trilogy, but these hobbit movies are just lousy to me. I would have much rather seen Guillermo del Toro's vision for the Hobbit.
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9:55AM on 12/22/2014
Yeah, he comes across as a hypocrite. Maybe he's trying to say something that we're missing. Or maybe he recognizes that he is part of the problem and for that reason he wants to direct smaller stuff.
Yeah, he comes across as a hypocrite. Maybe he's trying to say something that we're missing. Or maybe he recognizes that he is part of the problem and for that reason he wants to direct smaller stuff.
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9:38AM on 12/22/2014

Calling irony on this one

So, Peter Jackson, the guy who made LotR, with quite practical effects who then made the Hobbit, using way more cgi than was necessary, is saying Hollywood has lost its was because of technology. That's like Nolan decrying digital then filming his next movie 100% digital.
So, Peter Jackson, the guy who made LotR, with quite practical effects who then made the Hobbit, using way more cgi than was necessary, is saying Hollywood has lost its was because of technology. That's like Nolan decrying digital then filming his next movie 100% digital.
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