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Quint and Peter Jackson talk video games, Mr. Harvey, deleted scenes and Temeraire!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a chat I had with Peter Jackson regarding his newest: THE LOVELY BONES. You may remember I ran an excerpt from this a month ago regarding the status of his Temeraire project and I promised to run the full interview shortly. Well, I had the interview ready, but I was asked to hold it until this week, when the film goes wide. I can see why. Jackson did this huge press tour and people were running all their coverage almost a month before the film went wider than the big cities. I was able to run the actual breaking news part with the Temeraire article, so I didn’t mind. Now here’s the full chat. At the time the man was fresh off of a multi-country premiere and press tour for the movie. Even over the phone I could tell Jackson was a bit tired and, as you can see, he starts off the interview wanting to talk anything but Lovely Bones, so we start with some bullshitting about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I’m X-Box Live buddies with Bill Jackson, Peter’s son, who is ungodly good at Call of Duty. We discuss that in the beginning, so I wanted to make sure there’s no confusion. Anyway, on to the chat! I hope you guys enjoy the interview!

Peter Jackson: Hello.

Quint: Hey, how’s it going man? How are you holding up?

Peter Jackson: Good, good, good. We can spend all of the time talking about MODERN WARFARE 2. (laughs)

Quint: I’ve been noticing that Bill hasn’t been on lately, which is kind of good, because I always feel like such a shitty player when I play with him.

Peter Jackson: He went through the whole game I think about twice and I am almost through two player co-op, though I haven’t quite reached the last level, but then we had to hit the road traveling, so we’ve had a break.

Quint: That co-op stuff, the spec-op missions, are really difficult.

Peter Jackson: It is hard, I know, and to get to that final level, which is what? Echo is it? Bill and I have still got to crack through a lot of things to open up that one level, but it’s a great game. I’m enjoying these games more than I am enjoying films at the moment.

Quint: Yeah and they are also taking risks and that’s what is really interesting to me, that they are not afraid to kill off all of these fan favorite characters. They pretty much kill everybody in MODERN WARFARE 2.

Peter Jackson: And they are using a lot of the film techniques now, especially the cinematic areas or those little movie things. They are starting to really blend them in and you get the feeling that you are watching substantial bits of prerecorded animation which is still great, though, because they are dynamic and done well. They didn’t used to be done very well in the old days, but there are people that actually know what they are doing.

Quint: You guys are still doing video games, right? You are still planning on a Wingnut Games, right?

Peter Jackson: Yeah. At the moment I am kind of involved with a TINTIN game and obviously the beginning of THE HOBBIT game, so those two in terms of the gaming at the moment with all of the other scripts we are working on at the moment, those are the gaming things we are focusing on.

Quint: I remember when you announced it that that was exactly what you were just saying about MODERN WARFARE 2. You were saying with Wingnut Games you really wanted to find that perfect mixture of gaming and cinematics.

Peter Jackson: Yeah and I do have a few ideas that could go one-way or the other. I’ve got ideas that could be a movie or they could be a game and I think that they should rather than just make a movie and then do a spin-off game, I think some of the ideas I’ve got I’d rather do them as a stand alone game, because that world is getting more and more interesting.

Quint: I hope that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing you doing some more original films.

Peter Jackson: No. I think we can do more than one thing at a time.

Quint: You can juggle them both.

Peter Jackson: Yeah.

Quint: Well I think the studio might be a little upset if all we do is talk about how awesome MODERN WARFARE is, so I think I have to at least throw out a few LOVELY BONES questions at you.

Peter Jackson: I think we are going to have to, otherwise we will all get told off.

Quint: The thing that I really want to talk about the most is Stanley Tucci, because he totally kills it in the movie. He absolutely nails Mr. Harvey. As dark as that character gets I was just wondering how difficult it was to convince Stanley to come in and have to live in that head space for a while.

Peter Jackson: It was difficult and I was pretty convinced once or twice that he wasn’t going to do it. We didn’t meet with him, because we were in New Zealand and he was in New York and I hadn’t met with him before, but he was always on our list of actors that we wanted to work with one day. We contacted him and talked to him over iChat, which was actually quite a good way, better than a phone conversation, because it’s good to see somebody and he was chatting away to us. The first call was really just to introduce ourselves and get to know him a bit and talk about the project, then we sent him the screenplay, which he agreed to read and then the next call was his reaction to the script and the character and I could see that he was really… He had also read the book at that stage as well… and I could see that he was very nervous about playing the role, nervous in the sense that he’s a father of three kids and he just finds the guy to be utterly repulsive and to actually go into the skin of that character isn’t an easy thing. Then we got another message a few days later saying “Stanley would just like one more call” and I thought that was a bad sign, because I thought that this was probably him politely saying “Look, thanks for thinking of me, but here’s the reasons why I can’t do it.” Maybe he was heading in that direction, but we did do some pretty fast talking and we started to talk about the physicality of the character and what he’d look like; the wig and the teeth and the mustache and how he had blend into this middle class white Pennsylvanian neighborhood and change his appearance. I think when he started to imagine Mr. Harvey as not being a version of himself, but being another character that looked completely different, I could see that it was starting to help him. He agreed to do it and I don’t really know the reasons why, but we certainly talked to him about the fact that we had no intention of showing the murder and we were shooting for a PG-13, not an R rating, and all of these things do matter when you are an actor and are thinking about what this is directly going to do. “What am I signing up for?” “How’s this guy going to shoot this?” “Am I going to be embarrassed by being in this film?” It was a lot about us telling Stanley what our thoughts about the film were, too, but he was just great and I’ll tell you the reason I enjoyed working a lot with Stanley is that he has directed movies. He’s directed two or three films. I think it was the first time I had ever worked with an actor who had directed feature films before and that was interesting, because that means that I suddenly didn’t just have conversations with an actor on set. I was talking to a fellow filmmaker and I really used that a lot. I would sit down with Stan and block through a scene and I would talk to him about the coverage and the shots and the angles and get ideas from him and I would always encourage him to say “Put your filmmaker hat on and give me some thoughts and ideas” and I was shooting a lot of his stuff with his sort of lipstick camera and just the camera alone and playing around with it when we got it gave me these ideas for how I could shoot Harvey. He was basically a normal looking guy who blends in with the neighborhood. I even wanted him to be normal when he’s alone in his house. He doesn’t do weird things when he’s by himself, he just takes himself literally and glues pictures into his scrapbook and he sits in his bed sketching ideas for how he’s going to kill people and he is relatively mundane and so the little camera gave me ideas for how I could film.

Quint: Yeah, I noticed an aesthetic different, like when he’s showing the cop the dollhouse.

Peter Jackson: Yeah, and there are a lot of shots in there, there are about thirty or forty shots with this little camera and I’m glad it worked out so well, because I also shot 35mm safety shot, too, because I didn’t know whether the Iconix would cut with the 35mm footage. I was worried it would look like video, so I had to shoot alternative coverage for safety, just with a normal camera, which was nowhere near as interesting, because the camera was so big I couldn’t get it in the same places, but as it was at Park Road Post we managed to do a lot of manipulation to the Iconix digital image to make it match almost exactly with the 35mm. We put film grain on it and fiddled with dynamic range to match. There was one scene with Harvey… we had him race up the stairs because he hears Lindsey in his bedroom, it’s the scene where she’s sneaking around. He runs up the stairs and I wanted to have a shot which was a close up of his face as he was racing up these stairs with such ferocity, because he’s a character that moves slowly in the film and then I wanted to suddenly have this animal energy unleashed and one of the shots I had in mind was this close up of his face as he’s just racing up the stairs, but we couldn’t figure out how Stanley, who could run up these stairs very quickly, how we could get a camera traveling in front of him at the same speed with this crew and this big camera, this steady-cam, and all of this stuff… it was like he could always run faster and we wouldn’t have the energy, so I got the Iconix camera and I actually got Stanley to film himself, so Stanley is holding the camera up about six inches in front of his face with a wide angle lens. I had him run up the stairs two or three times actually pointing the camera at himself and so he’s operating his own camera holding it in his hand and there’s no one else around, he’s just running up the stairs filming himself and those shots are in the movie. It was fun.

Quint: That’s great.

Peter Jackson: All that side of the filmmaking is enjoyable.

Quint: Now Rachel [Weisz] has said that a lot of what was shot was cut out of the movie. Was it difficult in the edit finding the right cut with so many emotional threads to keep track of?

Peter Jackson: Not really. We didn’t shoot that much that was cut out. All of the actors had little scenes here and there that were cut. Saoirse (Ronan) actually had the most stuff that was shot that we didn’t use. We shot a little bit of the character that Rachel played, Abigail, having an affair with the detective, Michael Imperioli, but one of the things that we came to realize, especially when you are looking at the various cuts of the movie, is that you end up… the film is an adaptation of at book, which in itself would take five or six hours to really do properly or to do everything that’s in the book and even then there’s no such thing as a perfect adaptation. The perfect LOVELY BONES is Alice Sebold’s novel. That’s the perfect version of the story and anything else an interpretation, but just to include the events and the characters that she described and wrote about and the relationships between them all would be five or six hours. What we did is we tried to pay lip service to several characters. We did a couple of brief scenes where Abigail is having this relationship with the detective. We did a brief sequence where Jack, her father, is talking to the mother of Ray, the boy who Susie was going to have a date with. We did scenes between Holly and Susie, Ruth and Susie, so we did these other little scenes that didn’t end up in the movie, but you come to realize that because you are panicking about the length and in the script we are just wanting short little beats, because we worried about the length of the film, that these subplots are not really that satisfying, because when you see them they don’t do the job properly. To me it was just a case of us ending up trying to include too much of the novel with too little of time and we were touching on these other subplots, but we weren’t doing them properly, because we weren’t giving them enough time. You realize to tell this story you would have to have five or six scenes and you would really have to get into it and it would take a lot more time, so when we came to it with the movie it was Susie’s story. It was about her experience and the in-between, this weird subconscious state that wasn’t a practical location, since she’s in the world of dreams. We were inside her mind and that’s the story and we are touching on the people that she leaves behind and we really focused on her and trying to figure out what happens to her, because she doesn’t even know that she’s been murdered. Initially she flees. When you are really making that decision about what to put in the film, you end up just sticking with the story that you’ve got the most material and everything serves that story and it’s the subplots that you only have a fleeting sort of gesture to that just don’t really work, because there’s not enough of them in there.

[A representative notifies that the next question will have to be the last.]

Quint: If we only have one more question we should talk about what's next? I'm particularly interested in where you guys are at with the Temeraire series and if you are going to be moving on that any time soon.

Peter Jackson: It's certainly a project that this next year... I've always looked on 2010 as being the year where I kind of get to the next level on a few projects because 2009 has been really the year of Lovely Bones and District 9 and getting TinTin motion captured and also getting most of The Hobbit script written. Certainly by the end of 2009 The Hobbit screenplays will be finished. So, that's that year taken care of and then 2010 is an opportunity to move on with several projects. What I'm thinking of with Temeraire, and I'm certainly happy to share it with you... it's only really my very initial, early stages... but Naomi (Novik, author of the Temeraire books) came out to New Zealand to visit us with her husband... she's absolutely terrific...

Quint: Yeah, they're good people. Her and Charles (Ardai, Naomi's husband and a gifted writer in his own right) both.

Peter Jackson: Yes. She's now starting to whisper to me that she's going to be writing as many as 9 books in the Temeraire series. I can't see any degree of common sense in trying to mount them one at a time as feature films. To me the stories, having read the first ones, already work as this continuing, on-going saga, so I'm thinking "Is there a marketplace out there yet for a large budget mini-series?" I guess you'd think of things like HBO and you'd think of Band of Brothers and that sort of thing, but it'd be different than that. The market's changing so much, TV networks are changing, so I'm thinking is there actually a market out there that'd give us the budget to do this properly and allow us to shoot this as a 6, 7 or 8 part series where we have freedom, we have great production values and are able to tackle it as the epic saga that it deserves. I just can't see doing one expensive movie and if that's successful you get to do another one, but if the second one isn't quite as good maybe there'll never be a third one... I just don't see that fitting with the property at all.

Quint: Yeah. While I wouldn't say every book ends on a cliffhanger the war is still ongoing now a good 5 books into the series. The main story thread is still unresolved. You don't want a set up that doesn't pay off... like The Golden Compass.

Peter Jackson: Yeah. So my thinking is... and I'm talking to you here having absolutely no plans in place, no deal in place... and I wouldn't. What I would do is I'd start developing the treatment, I'd start to break the storylines down to see if we can structure it in that way. I've already started to do designs. I've had Weta Workshop do a lot of work on designing the characters... the dragons... I've been working with Gus Hunter on the designs. We're well underway creating the visual look. In 2010 one of the things I'll be doing is looking at starting the scripting process and structuring and using it to see if we can't set the project up in that way because I think that'd be the best to serve the story.

Hope you enjoyed the interview. I’ve interviewed Jackson many times now and he’s always proven a good talker, forthright with information and just easy to converse with. The flick opens wide this weekend! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Stay firsty, my friends

    by TresEquis

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    What is Peter Jackson's XBL ID?

    by TresEquis

    I'd bet he probably averages a 1:1 ratio for kills to deaths.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Lovely Bones was...

    by 20goto10

    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

    Peter Jackson needs an original idea

    by darthvedder81

    That's not Z-grade schlock or puppet porn.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    What Dreams May Come

    by plocock

    I enjoyed that version of heaven/limbo better...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Can not wait for Temeraire

    by alexgk

    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

    Jackson does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    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


    by Toilet_Terror

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Lovely Bones

    by Kenny_Fucking_Powers

    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

    Is the Hobbit gonna look like Lotr or Hellboy???

    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

    LOVELY BONES. I don't understand the logic of how...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...they release movies like this. It sort of came out in 09 to qualify for awards right? But the word of mouth wasn't 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 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

    The Lovely Bones was awful.

    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

    Deleted LOTR scenes on the Blu-Ray special editions?

    by kells

    You know they have them. They know we want them.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    He need to keep del Toro on a tight leesh

    by sansara07

    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

    Uncharted 2 and MGS4

    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

    Do the Wheel of Time

    by DanboJohnJ

    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


    by Gorgomel

    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

    and the KING KONG video game sucked btw

    by Gorgomel

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Wonder what ghosts do in their spare time?

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    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


    by Zahaladeen


  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Put the Easterlings back in Pelennor Fields!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    And have them sing "Pelennor Fields Forever" the entire time.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Uncharted 2

    by Kenny_Fucking_Powers

    Game of the Year! Shit is AMAZING!! And Arkham Asylum is fucking great as well!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Please forget games Peter.

    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

    Original ideas are overrated

    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

    Don't you all understand?

    by Ringwearer9

    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, he sounds beat. Must be hard to work for...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...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

    It's crap

    by fiester

    I like Jackson, but shit material is shit material and this film blows chunks.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Man, he completely misunderstood this book...

    by JeffreyDJ

    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

    This is the book in a nutshell ...

    by JeffreyDJ

    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

    Why couldn't Suzie kick loose a rock

    by Jawsphobia

    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

    The In Between

    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

    still the best/worst/most inappropriate/hilarious TB joke

    by BadMrWonka

    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

    Since we're on the topic of videogames...

    by Johnno

    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

    And while we're at it, how about AICN mention...

    by Johnno

    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

    the Bones was good...but....

    by corplhicks

    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

    Corporate Whore...

    by workshed

    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

    King Kong, Lovely Bones...

    by sansara07

    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

    3 average movies in a row for Peter

    by performingmonkey

    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

    wasted half interview about nonpj stuff

    by peschi

    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

    lol fanboys turning on jackson??

    by celebritydave

    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

    The Lovely Bore is more like it.

    by Stalkeye

    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

    celebritydave is failing on trolling

    by peschi

    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

    performingmonkey, ROTK was an 'average movie'?

    by raw_bean

    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

    He's right about Video Games these days...

    by Orionsangels

    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

    PJ is right about Video Games...

    by Orionsangels

    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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