Peter Jackson is Putting Together a Creative Team For Amazon's LOTR Series But He's Not Involved with Any DC Films
A few weeks ago it was reported that Peter Jackson was in the process of deciding if he should make a DC film for Warner Bros. or jump on board the new Lord of the Rings series being developed by Amazon. Turns out, he isn't interested in directing a DC movie, but he is kind of helping out with the LOTR series.
the French entertainment site Allocine, Jackson was asked about these future projects that had fans excited, and when addressing The Lord of the Rings series with them, he said:
"I’m not involved at all in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series. I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project."
It was previously reported that Jackson was welcome to come on board and help with the series if he wanted to, and it actually looks like he is. He ended up making a revised statement with IGN’s German site saying that he's putting together a creative team for the series:
"I had a phone conversation with Amazon on that one — I think that was over a year ago and it sounded like they were doing the right thing [with the show], they have very good intentions with it, it all sounds very fascinating and exciting. However, I would not want to be the one responsible for the entire TV series, simply because I’ve never been responsible for a [long-term] series like this before in my life. So it would not be very smart if I took on the role of showrunner. What I’m actually doing right now is putting the creative team [behind the series] together."
So, that's cool! He may not be heavily involved with the project, but he's building a team that can help pull it off. As for the DC film project, he's not even a fan of comic books, so something like that doesn't interest him at all.
"That’s not true. I had no discussions about that. I’m not a fan of comics, I’ve never read any, so I’m not particularly interested in adapting one for cinema. That’s not true at all."
We know that Jackson is a fan of at least one comic... The Adventures of Tintin, but I imagine that in this statement he's referring to comics from Marvel and DC.
As a fan of Jackson, I'm a little bummed out by this update, but I'm sure he'll eventually jump in to direct a new film project and I can't wait to see what that will be. I the meantime, I'll be looking forward to Mortal Engines, which Jackson co-wrote and produced.