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Peter Jackson Says He’ll Be Done With Blockbusters Post-Hobbit

He’s not doing any more. Really. For real this time.

Between the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films, Peter Jackson has earned himself worldwide fame, bagged a best picture Oscar, and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy of his native New Zealand. But in an interview with The New Zealand Herald, the director said that in the future he’d be steering away from the Hollywood big-time:

“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. 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.”

Goodbye, Middle Earth; hello, actual New Zealand. Making smaller films will definitely be a change after the epic, effects-laden Tolkien movies that Jackson has spent so many years on. Of course, there are still two more Hobbit films to be released before the job is done. What does Jackson think about the task ahead?

“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. 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.”

Man, he’s really making it seem like there’s some giant, ticking clock hanging over his head counting down to when somebody will show up and say, “Sorry, you can’t make movies anymore.” You’re not that old, Mr. Jackson! Relax! Still, at least he’s not letting his worries about moving on keep him from continuing to infuse these films with his earnest love for the material.

After the Hobbit trilogy concludes, Jackson will be free to move in any artistic direction he likes, which must be a liberating thought after spending so much time tied to a single series. It makes sense, then, that’s he’s cramming as much of Tolkien’s universe as he possibly can into films based on what is, in reality, a pretty simple novel. This is the last hurrah for Peter Jackson in Middle Earth. It’s time to pull out all the stops.

Click through to Digital Spy for a video of Jackson and his New Zealand accent discussing the Hobbit series.

(via: Digital Spy)

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  • Anonymous

    I remember reading a miyazaki interview about when they were trying to decide to work on princess mononoke or spirited away first. he decided on princess mononoke because he was already old and didn’t think he would have the mindset for an action movie if he had waited. peter jackson is already in his 50s and no doubt he has a lot of projects that he wants to do. who knows how capable he will be to make those movies in his 60′s or even earlier.

  • Foxfire


    Sure Mr J – Sure.

  • Herbert West

    “Man, he’s really making it seem like there’s some giant, ticking clock hanging over his head counting down to when somebody will show up and say, “Sorry, you can’t make movies anymore.” You’re not that old, Mr. Jackson! Relax! ”

    Satoshi Kon, my friend. Satoshi Kon. We all think they’re gonna be around for long, but then, bam.

  • PJK

    Isn’t he supposed to direct the next TinTin installment, with Spielburg playing the producer role this time?

    I sure hope that is still on the books though.

  • Eisen

    Somewhere I once read a statement from a director (forgotten who), and he kinda said, that making action movies, especially epic ones, is like war. There will come a time you are just tired of it.

    Maybe this is because it seems that there is a ticking clock over Jacksons head.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Sigh……Does this mean that the rumors of a planned Silmarilion movie wont be happening?
    I can understand and respect his decision, though I cannot help but feel dissapointed by the impending finale of the Cinematic Tolkienverse.

    Here I was hoping to see a flick about the Blue Wizards traveling east and striking a fatal blow to the baddies empire.

    Though on the plus side, im sure his future projects will be quite awesome even without a mega budget.

  • Anonymous

    I think he talks as if he is some ticking clock because after years of making blockbusters he has lived through and accumulated a lot of stress. And he knows he won’t be a very happy filmmaker if he keeps going down that road for much longer – not that he would stop, but that his work would suffer. I am so thankful he gave us the big ones, and I wildly excited about the small ones he has in the works :) I love this director so much because he knows himself, and he knows his work. That is why his movies are fantastic.

    So then, what lucky director is getting first dibbs on “The Silmarillion”? :D Anyone??

  • frodobatmanvader

    J.R.R. sold the rights to the “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” for a pittance; whereas “The Silmarillion,” published after his death, still belongs to the Tolkien estate. So a Silmarillion movie probably won’t happen until we can pry the film rights from Christopher Tolkien’s cold, dead fingers.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Putting aside the fact that he is almost 90, Jackson stated last year that he was trying to negotiate for the film rights to the Silmarilion
    Plus Simon Tolkien has voiced an interest in the films