200 Great Directors: Peter Jackson

“I think that’s one of the most depressing things about the film industry generally today. The writers and directors should be blamed just as much as the studios because really everything seems to be a remake or adapting a 1970s TV show that was never particularly good. Why anyone thinks that it would be a good feature film now, you know, goodness knows why. I guess it’s easy to say it’s security that you know a studio is only prepared to put $150 million or $200 million into something if it’s a known quantity, but at the same time I’m also aware that audiences are getting fed up with the lack of original ideas and original stories. Everything in the film business tends to be cyclic and hopefully this all drains itself out in a couple years and we’ll be back into original stories again.”


What Got This Director Here?
: LOTR.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: LOTR. (Specifically either the first or last but not Two Towers.)

What Did I Watch: Heavenly Creatures, the middleground of epics and trash.

Where Does He Fit: Heavenly Creatures feels totally off its kilter before Pauline gets her diary, which helps bring her down to Earth for just a little bit before the world begins spinning off its axis again and it all leads up to that final scream. While I certainly admire the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fact of the matter remains that Peter Jackson’s greatest skill used to lie in beginning his stories prior to what was supposedly a disastrous but slowly improving Hobbit trilogy. New Zealand is the place he knows best, and he utilizes it well, earning himself a whole lot of prestige in the process. Also: Lynskey and Winslet!

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Most Valuable Asset: Epic scope in terms of whatever genre he’s decided to embrace too hard.
Most Excited For: Meet the Feebles.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sure.

Coming Up Next: The man behind two of Disney’s best, Ben Sharpsteen.

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