Peter Jackson has decided that his next films will tell New Zealand stories.
Quoted by the NZ Herald today, he says:
“We’ve made a conscious decision … in the limited years we have left to make movies to tell some New Zealand stories.”
Interviewed by Russell Baillie, Peter Jackson explains:
“We have got a few bits and pieces that we are working on, Fran and I. The things that we are most excited about are some New Zealand stories. We just want to step off the Hollywood blockbuster thing for a while and we’ve had a few New Zealand stories in line for a while that we think would make great films. The Heavenly Creatures mode really.”
He also talks, modestly, about the fact that he didn’t plan to direct the Hobbit movies.
“I have a confidence now that I maybe didn’t have a few years ago … I am kind of excited about telling stories. I kind of decided I would try to make that the experience of this movie, because they were three movies that we didn’t intend to direct at the beginning and suddenly we were.
“In some respects, in terms of my remaining film-making career this was a five-year chunk that was kind of taken out of it unexpectedly. My future is five years less than I thought it was. I thought if I am going to do that I am actually going to enjoy it. I am going to have fun. Hopefully, that is reflected on the screen, too.”
Russell Baillie interviewed Peter Jackson in the Wellington Town Hall, where the score of the second Hobbit feature is being recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Each six-hour recording sessions yields ten minutes of music, for what, says Baillie, is likely to be the NZSO’s biggest selling album.