Director Peter Jackson has revealed to OnFilm magazine that British actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry got the job of writing the upcoming Christian Rivers-directed and Jackson-produced “The Dambusters” film NOT because of his highly regarded body of work, but rather due to his hosting duties of the UK equivalent of the Oscars – the BAFTAs.
Jackson telephoned Fry out of the blue and was surprised to learn how much Fry knew about the famous 1943 dam raids – soo after he got the job. He added that major announcements about the film would be made in the next few months.
As for the current status, it seems they are halfway through building a full-size replica of a Lancaster bomber and Weta Digital had completed computer- generated image tests of Lancasters in flight and attacking dams.
Jackson also talked about the shelved film adaptation of XBox videogame “Halo” and says that hopefully interest will be renewed with the release of “Halo 3” later this year. Whatever the case, they are standing by director Neill Blomkamp – “We wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else. It’ll be Neill’s call.”