Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson Is Working on a Secret Film For Steven Spielberg, and It’s Not ‘Tintin 2’

by Britt Hayes June 30, 2016 @ 1:46 PM
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Following the epic (and epically not great) Hobbit trilogy, we all kind of assumed that Peter Jackson would take a little break from filmmaking. A blockbuster trilogy is exhausting and the guy has clearly earned a good nap or two. In news that may come as a bit of a surprise, it looks like the filmmaker is not only planning a new project, but he’s already begun working on it in secret — well, not so secret anymore, as Steven Spielberg has spilled the beans.

In-Home Screening Room Draws Support From Major Filmmakers

by Charles Bramesco March 14, 2016 @ 9:07 AM
Last week, we took note of a new business venture called Screening Room spearheaded by Napster founder Sean Parker. The proposed service would digitally stream the latest major-studio theatrical releases into the confines of private American homes for a hefty estimated fee of $50 on the same day as in-theater premieres, rendering a trip to the local cineplex less necessary than ever. Naturally, this radical new strategy would change the entire face of the industry, and has accordingly raised hackles on the production, distribution, and exhibition sides of Hollywood. As movie theaters struggle to stay relevant and profitable, Parker’s every press conference sounds like a death knell. And this weekend, both sides of this instantly contentious debate dug in their heels on their positions.

Peter Jackson (Maybe) Confirmed to Direct ‘Doctor Who’ Episode

by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 30, 2015 @ 10:39 AM
Whether or not Peter Jackson wound up burnt out in directing The Hobbit trilogy, few would argue the Lord of the Rings aficionado has had ample time to prepare a long-rumored Doctor Who collaboration. That day may finally have arrived, as Jackson just stopped short of confirming his work on Season 10, with Peter Capaldi himself.

Peter Jackson’s Spokesman Says That ‘Hobbit’ Footage Was Taken Out of Context

by Britt Hayes November 20, 2015 @ 8:06 PM
Warner Bros.
A video surfaced yesterday of behind the scenes footage from The Hobbit, in which Peter Jackson and several of his crew members are surprisingly honest about how rushed they were on the production, with Jackson admitting that he was “winging it.” Given how underwhelming The Hobbit trilogy turned out to be, those comments sure did make a lot of sense to fans desperate for an explanation. But according to Jackson’s spokesman, that video is misleading.

Peter Jackson Admits He Was ‘Winging It’ During Much of the Making of ‘The Hobbit’

by Matt Singer November 19, 2015 @ 1:51 PM
New Line Cinema
In news that will not come as a shock to anyone who actually sat through all three films and 400 hours of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson now admits that he was “winging it” through much of the production, and that even the scripts for the movies weren’t finished to his “satisfaction.”

The ‘Hobbit’ Extended Editions May be Rated R For Some Reason

by Jacob Hall August 6, 2015 @ 10:27 AM
Warner Bros.
All of Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth movies have pushed the boundaries of the PG-13 rating, but it looks like the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies may be the Halfling that breaks the Oliphaunt’s back. It seems that the longer version of the trilogy capper, which is returning to theaters this October, has been slapped with an R-rating by the MPAA.

An Extended ‘Hobbit’ Trilogy is Returning to Theaters to Test Your Endurance

by Jacob Hall August 4, 2015 @ 12:43 PM
Warner Bros.
Remember the Hobbit movies? Your butt certainly does. Although they weren’t as long as the Lord of the Rings movies, Peter Jackson’s second series of films set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth felt much longer. Each film could have stood to lose at least 30 minutes from its running time. Heck, the trilogy should’ve been two movies but that’s a conversation for another day. The point is that these already long movies have extended cuts and these extended cuts are returning to theaters this October.

Go Back to the Shire with These 10 Facts From ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

by ScreenCrush Staff July 23, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
Before Peter Jackson took the reigns of the franchise, Guillermo del Toro was supposed to direct The Hobbit, and planned to bring his friend and longtime collaborator Ron Perlman to voice the dragon Smaug. But financial problems and delays at MGM eventually forced del Toro from the project; after Peter Jackson, king of The Lord of the Rings, signed on to direct in his place, he replaced Perlman with Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which takes you on an unexpected journey behind the scenes of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy!

Peter Jackson Keeps Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit Hole in His Basement

by Britt Hayes July 5, 2015 @ 11:11 AM
New Line Cinema
If you have a basement, chances are you keep things like boxes of old stuff, disintegrating furniture and various household items in it. If you have a cool basement, you might have some pinball machines or something down there. But Peter Jackson has the coolest basement of all: the director had Bag End, the home of Bilbo Baggins, installed beneath his home.

Andrew Lesnie, ‘Lord of the Rings’ Cinematographer, Passes Away at Age 59

by Matt Singer April 28, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
Mike Nelson, AFP
The film world lost one of its great artists on Monday when Andrew Lesnie, the cinematographer on all six of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies passed away following a sudden heart attack. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lesnie was 59 years old.