After living and breathing the world of J.R.R. Tolkien for much of the past few years, filmmaker Peter Jackson understandably wants to take a break from Middle-Earth for his immediate next project following the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”. He tells Variety the plan is to do a much smaller budget drama next along the lines of his famous 1990’s film “Heavenly Creatures”.
Jackson says: “We really feel a bigger urge now to not continue with another Hollywood blockbuster for a while, but to go back and tell some New Zealand stories,” confirming that he and wife/writing partner Fran Walsh are currently working on adapting several true stories into screen tales.
That isn’t going to stop him from exploring the latest in technology and entertainment opportunities that arise from it such as the Oculus Rift: “We’re right on the cusp of a major upheaval of the entertainment world once that technology really kicks in.” The piece oddly makes no mention of the sequel to “The Adventures of Tintin” which Jackson was keen on making even as recently as last year.
The biggest surprise though is that Jackson seems more open to the possibility of another Tolkien-related work, despite the fact that Tokien’s estate probably won’t let him adapt any more work of the author:
“If I had to start tomorrow, I would say no, because I definitely would appreciate a break to clear my head and get my little New Zealand stories done, which is where my passion and my heart is heading now. But ask me in two or three years, and I’d probably say yes. It would be hard to see another filmmaker go into this world, because I certainly have an emotional ownership of it.”