Peter Jackson
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New Zealand

Wingnut Films, Weta Digital

Peter
Jackson

Founder / Partner

It’s hard enough to get one epic film trilogy under your belt, but Jackson has already scored two, “The Lord of the Rings” (which won him three Oscars) and “The Hobbit.” Even more amazing, he’s managed to do it completely outside the Hollywood system by building his own state-of-the-art digital studio and visual effects facility (Weta) in faraway New Zealand, where he spent most of the past two decades creating arguably the most ambitious and technically impressive fantasy epics in the history of cinema.

An obsessive worker and meticulous craftsman, he started making Super 8 home movies as a kid and made a splash with the 1994 murder drama “Heavenly Creatures,” which starred a then-unknown actress named Kate Winslet and won him his first Oscar nom (for best screenplay). He followed that with the 1996 comedy horror movie “The Frighteners” before embarking on the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, which ultimately grossed nearly $3 billion, making it the most successful trilogy in history. He then followed that up with another monster project, “King Kong,” which racked up another $550 million, before switching gears and making the harrowing and intensely emotional “The Lovely Bones,” and producing the sci-fi hit “District 9.” He reportedly will next direct ”The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun.”

Career

  • Weta Digital
  • HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, THE
  • LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE

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Peter Jackson Making Documentary on World War I

Peter Jackson Making Documentary on World War I

Peter Jackson is switching his attention from epic fantasy conflicts to a real-life Great War. “The Lord of the Rings” director is making a new feature documentary about World War I to mark the centennial of the war's end, mining the archives of the BBC and London's Imperial War Museum for material. The as-yet-unnamed project will have a U.K.-wide release as part of the BFI London Film Festival in the fall.The historical footage, much of which will not have been...

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