There's possibly no person on this earth that knows J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth better, apart from the horde of Tolkien fans, than Peter Jackson - the very tired and talented honorary visionary-in-chief of Middle-Earth fandom.
A man who created such fantastic visuals as this...
Last month's release of the last installment of The Hobbit trilogy "The Battle of Five Armies", marks an astonishing two decades of working with Tolkien's epic lore which began with The Lord of The Rings and ended with six films and ticket sales leaning over $5 billion grossed.
But with other movies nearing the pipeline, including a new Tintin adventure, Jackson has no regrets about eloping from Middle-Earth, maybe (hopefully) until the Tolkien estate eases up and the three Silmarils prove too great a distraction. Jackson explores his new found freedom in an interview with The Daily Beast...
But what I want to explore next, there are a couple of New Zealand films I want to do. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit has a connection to New Zealand, but it’s been 20 years since I’ve actually done a story set in the country I live in. Heavenly Creatures was the last time I made a film where New Zealand was part of the story. Fran [Walsh] and I have a couple of true stories that we want to do that are New Zealand movies. We really want to do something now that’s connected with where we live rather than something that’s a Hollywood thing. One day we will go back to [that]. But we’re not getting any younger.
That's completely fair enough and I cannot wait to see what New Zealand films Jackson decides to get stuck into. Maybe a Flight Of The Conchords feature? That would literally make my mind explode.
Here's a FotC song to aid the imagining of the glory that could be.
Saying that, I would love Jackson to head back to comedic waters. Only time will tell.
What about you people?
What would you like to see Peter Jackson move onto outside the realm of magic rings?
Source: The Daily Beast