Jan. 13, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST
I'd bet he probably averages a 1:1 ratio for kills to deaths.
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST
Good, but a definite B- The susie parts in the ethereal planes just felt a bit superfluous to a suspense thriller... Dont get me wrong it is well worth seeing and Mr. Harvey is portrayed as a serious cunt, but the heaven stuff...that was the weakest part.
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST
That's not Z-grade schlock or puppet porn.
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST
I enjoyed that version of heaven/limbo better...
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
Peter Jackson making Temeraire..would be amazing. Could easily be more epic than Lord of the Rings. Didn't love Lovely Bones though lol
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST
Nice interview Quint (im slowly working through the Spec Ops missions on CALL OF DUTY too with my buddy whenever he gets over - love the chopper gunner / foot soldier dynamic!)...<p> Glad to hear PJ's looking towards fantasy again with THE HOBBIT and TEMERAIRE. THE LOVELY BONES will probably be a very good film but the subject matter personally puts me off, so doubt it'll be one I see.<p> Congrats on producing DISTRICT 9 too Pete if you happen to be reading this - really enjoyed it.
Jan. 13, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST
I read this book and never once did I think it would of made an interesting movie. and the ending is fucking retarded as well. Fuck this noise!!
Jan. 13, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST
by Mr Soze
Oh and one more thing, Let's get Ian Mcshaine as the voice of Smaug
Jan. 13, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST
...they release movies like this. It sort of came out in 09 to qualify for awards right? But the word of mouth wasn't great...so now it's getting a proper release but it already feels like old news, and mediocre news at that.<P>I'm not hating, I like Jackson and I was looking forward to the movie...it just seems that betting all your apples on Oscar buzz is a bad plan...if it fails you usually die without a whimper.<P>That's gotta be depressing.
Jan. 13, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST
by Rev. Slappy
The book is about the mourning process, the movie is all about special effects. The heaven stuff in it is just terrible. Jackson needs to hire somebody to tell him no, to reign him in.
Jan. 13, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST
You know they have them. They know we want them.
Jan. 13, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST
Let Guil do whatever he wants and he will fuck the Hobbit. Peter needs to reign him in throughout the production. And don't let him write anything because he is a shit writer. And I agree about a lotr deleted scenes dvd. There must be quite a few tastey titbits that didn't make the EE versions, like Legolas and Gimli travelling through the dwarf caves.
Jan. 13, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
is the perfect blending of cinema and gameplay. ...I'm gotta watch the movie before I read the rest of the interview haha.
Jan. 13, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST
Instead Pete,now that would be a mega/mini series,it has the potential to kick serious fantasy ass on the big screen.
Jan. 13, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST
Modern Warfare 2 is just utter shit. No story at all, multiplayer sucks with all the campers and glitchs. Me go back to COD WAW which offers co-op campaign with four players and the amazing zombie nazis modes
Jan. 13, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST
I mean when they're not haunting their murderers or watching events unfold in the lives of their still-living family members. Must get to be really boring being immortal.
Jan. 13, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST
THE TEMERAIRE BIT WAS USED IN ANOTHER ARTICLE. LAME. LAME. LAME.
Jan. 13, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST
And have them sing "Pelennor Fields Forever" the entire time.
Jan. 13, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST
Game of the Year! Shit is AMAZING!! And Arkham Asylum is fucking great as well!
Jan. 13, 2010, 4 p.m. CST
by Fixthe Fernback
Why do these film makers think they can just swan in and shit out a game as if its the easiest thing in the world. There has to be a game FIRST and then maybe it MIGHT fit whatever IP you have available. It doesn't work the other way round. <P> In Hollywood, video games are just seen as a way to boost profits. I mean can anyone name a movie licensed game that was any good? <P>Film studios need to stop treating games as just some extra bit of plastic they can slap a license onto, and realise that you can't make a good game in 6-12 months.<P> Peter, I respect you as a movie maker but please leave the game making to the pros.
Jan. 13, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
90% of the best movies ever made have been based on books, plays, history, or recent true stories. Jackson, Fincher, Scorsese, Hitchcock, Spielberg, all did their best work based on books. The Twilight Zone is basically just a series about adapting short stories. Outside of Preston Sturges and the Coen Bros, original ideas often tank on screen. <p> P.S. I'm not anti-originality, just saying that adaptation is the name of the screenwriting game.
Jan. 13, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST
Peter Jackson is NOT a filmmaker! Not in his heart. He's a video game player, a gore-effects provider. This is the real Peter Jackson, and always has been.
Jan. 13, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST
...years on a movie only to have the reaction be tepid.<P>Probably has too many pots on the stove too...
Jan. 13, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST
I like Jackson, but shit material is shit material and this film blows chunks.
Jan. 13, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST
Boy, did he get this all wrong. The first sentence in the book negates "Susie didn't know she was dead' entirely. She knew, we knew, everyone knew within the first 30 words of the book. By the end of the first chapter, Alice Sebold makes it very clear that Susie knew immediately as it was happening that her life was being taken. She doesn't flee, but there is a haunting passage that explains that as her spirit leaves earth she grasps to say. She did not flee, she was pulled. That is not the story anyway, except in superficial setup for the remainder of the book. The entire book was how people change, adapt, grow, regress and grieve in the face of tragedy. Susie narrated it as her family coped on earth without her. The book is not about Susie per se, but told from her point of view. The sub-plot of the book was Susie's heaven and how she built new relationships there (and rekindled old ones). This is so disappointing that he took a wonderful book and completely misunderstood the story and complex threads that Alice Sebold explored in 350 or so pages. It seems he's made an effects heavy film that should have been character driven. He did such a wonderful job with the Lord of the Rings triliogy, but perhaps that was a fluke. It's so, so disappointing he wasted this opportunity.
Jan. 13, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST
Peter Jackson could not have read this book. No way, no how. 90% of the book takes place on earth from her POV looking down. In fact, the descriptions of her heaven sound like a normal city. They are not fantastical places. Anyway, this is a passage from the book that explains the motivation of the story well: "These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections — sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent — that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events my death brought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous lifeless body had been my life." Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones.
Jan. 13, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST
and send Mr. Harvey sliding into the sink hole? Would have been a nicer death. But overall, well done adaptation and good call not showing the murder.
Jan. 13, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST
by Fineus Fog
everyone seems to be moaning about the in between not being like the book. What most people ar missing is that this is an especially impressionistic film - not a literal translation. Susie's in between starts out as exactly what a 14 year old girl in the 70's would want. I think what Peter and co added a lot of punch to what is essentially a teen girl read
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST
of ALL TIME...<p> (talking about the new Broken Lizard movie, "Slammin' Salmon") "Hey, wasn't that the original title of The Lovely Bones?"
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST
I finished Silent Hill: Shattered Memories today... and while the running away can be a bit shit at times thanks to the crap wii controls (Protip: do the motions more gently instead of harshly), damn! Was this one of the best games to release in 2009! So while the rest of you gents are killing each other silly in MW2. The rest of you looking for great narrative, characters, and 4th wall breaking mind-fuckery, that own a Wii, should drive your asses to the store right now and check out this game. Don't come complaining to me otherwise that the Wii doesn't have anything good for gamers. I've done my bit. Hell this game is good for both hardcore and casuals. It's the sort of narrative experience that can only be done in games and done magnificiently! It ties with Uncharted 2 for me as best game of 2009 but for totally different reasons! Do yourselves a favor and check it out! And I now return you to your regular topic...
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST
the recent news about Sony and Konami not agreeing and breaking up over the Metal Gear Solid movie? Sony is apparently being a real douche when it comes to handling this by suggesting a low budget and major dumbed down changes to rope in a greater audience, and if the story is true about what they're suggesting, then this sort of douchebaggery should be investigated and exposed!
Jan. 14, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST
Please just pour your heart into The Hobbit, like you did with LOTR and Cameron does with everything he does and make it totally epic !
Jan. 14, 2010, 3:42 a.m. CST
I've followed Peter's career from day one. In fact the reason he's able to make the films and get the budgets he currently has is solely down to people like me sitting my mates down and making them watch Bad Taste and Brain Dead. Ironic really because from this interview that's now the impression I get of Jackson. Soulless. Modern Warfare - WTF.? I've played it once and if this is where PJs head is at then he can fuck off doing the Hobbit. Tolkien would be turning in his grave. This is a fucking sad interview. First Sam Raimi, now Peter Jackson. As Nigel Tufnell says, 'It's your fucking wife'. You can imagine her sitting in the sound mix and saying 'more Dobly'. The Lovely Bones is an amazing book and I was so excited to see it in the hands of Peter but I don't think I've ever been so disappointed by a film in recent times.
Jan. 14, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST
by Conans Sword
yeah peter jackson got where he is today because you showed his films off to your mates years ago. not because hes a talented film maker, it was all down to you and people like you. lmao your just another whiny talkbacker giving out because one of his favourite directers is now mainstream and not cool and alternative like he was when he started out. its not as much fun when everyone likes his stuff cause you cant find these cool litlle jems and show them to your friends right? typical jaded talkbacker, you wish to god you could do what he does :) oh and lovely bones was shit imo
Jan. 14, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST
It's easy to carp that Peter's lost his touch. But there's no doubt that he excelled himself on LOTR. NO ONE was expecting those films to be as magnificient as they were, and it was always going to be nigh on impossible for him to maintain that level of greatness. But like everyone is saying about James Cameron, even his mediocre works are better than the best films of 90% of directors in Hollywood. I think Peter realizes that he reached a plateau on lotr that he will never be able to match/surpass, much like Cameron reached his individual peak with Aliens. That's why he sensibly passed on directing The Hobbit. I'm not expecting The Hobbit to be anywhere near the level of lotr, but it will still be the best films of 2011/12 by miles.
Jan. 14, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST
I don't think ROTK, Kong and The Lovely Bones are BAD but they're not what they could and should have been. The Lovely Bones isn't entirely his fault, of course. I don't know about anyone else but I thought the book was mostly a poorly-written mess, especially the second half. The IDEA is great, and the killer, Mr Harvey, an interesting character to look at and deal with, but everything else is as boring as fuck. Peter swtiched the balance of the book, took out the boring stuff, put in more heaven (or 'in-between') visions and effects. It's not really a successful adaptation of the book but I don't mind that, what's disappointing is that it still didn't quite work as well as it should have, even though he DID manage to make me cry a couple of times during the movie (er, I mean I had something in my eye...) and the pre-murder scene was brilliantly done, as was the bathroom scene when Susie realises she's dead. Peter PLEASE direct a horror movie soon!! One thing, Saoirse Ronan (or however you spell it) was completely amazing. I think she's got such a promising decade ahead of her (she's 15 now).
Jan. 14, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST
I mean really, you couldnt come up with better questions then what his favorite game is? whats next, his favorite color?
Jan. 14, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST
he will be like lucas by 2015. as for giving him shit because he enjoys playing a game.. with his son. grow the fuck up.
Jan. 14, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST
Peter Jackson should have done a movie based on SEGA's Panzer Dragoon instead. Since he likes videogames, it's something he's more suited for.
Jan. 14, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST
To be honest I dont care if he becomes the next Uwe Boll in 2015. His last movies are average at best, all thanks to that whore Philippa Boyens who is feeding him crap scripts.
Jan. 18, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST
Huh. One of us has stepped into a strange parallel universe, and I hope to God it's you and not me, because I'd hate to live in a world where that film was average.
Jan. 20, 2010, 4:54 a.m. CST
To be some of the best movies I saw this year were Uncharted 2 and Modern Warfare 2, only I got to participate in them. I'm the only gamer in my Family. It feels strange at times to be in on something so amazing and know that nongamers, like say Harry Knowles, aren't getting to experience these cinematic games. They're missing out on some of the best (Interactive) blockbuster movies of the year.
Jan. 20, 2010, 4:56 a.m. CST
To me some of the best movies I saw this year were Uncharted 2 and Modern Warfare 2, only I got to participate in them. I'm the only gamer in my Family. So It feels strange at times to be in on something so amazing and know that nongamers, like say Harry Knowles, aren't getting to experience these amazing cinematic games. They're missing out on some of the best (Interactive) blockbuster movies of the year.
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