With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies smashing the box office at the minute, many figured that Peter Jackson would finally be done with Middle-Earth. However, despite being fatigued, it seems the director would still be keen on a return visit.
Talking to Variety, Jackson says that, while it’s not a priority for him right now, it could still happen some day: “We [he and his producer wife Fran Walsh] really feel a bigger urge now to not continue with another Hollywood blockbuster for a while, but to go back and tell some New Zealand stories.
“If I had to start tomorrow, I would say no, because I definitely would appreciate a break to clear my head and get my little New Zealand stories done, which is where my passion and my heart is heading now. But ask me in two or three years, and I’d probably say yes. It would be hard to see another filmmaker go into this world, because I certainly have an emotional ownership of it.”
We know that the Tolkien estate holds the rights for the rest of the LOTR literary works but that said, we’d imagine that, should Jackson and New Line decide they want to make another trilogy, money would be no object and things would certainly fall into place.
Watch this space…