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Jackson won't helm 'Hobbit'

21 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Much to the distress of his fans, Peter Jackson has announced that he is no longer planning to direct The Hobbit, a prequel to his mega-successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, because of an ongoing accounting and legal dispute with New Line Cinema.

In a highly unusual move, revealing some of the behind-the-scenes moves in a high-stakes negotiation, Jackson spoke directly to his fan base during the weekend, posting his explanation of recent events on TheOneRing.net. The statement from both Jackson and his wife and fellow producer, Fran Walsh, concluded: "This outcome is not what we anticipated or wanted, but neither do we see any positive value in bitterness or rancor. We now have no choice but to let the idea of a film of 'The Hobbit' go and move forward with other projects."

The lawsuit that resulted in the current impasse originally was filed by Jackson's production company, Wingnut Films, in early 2005. It alleged that the studio gave affiliates favorable licensing deals and failed to properly calculate revenue from the DVD sales of 2001's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

As Jackson explained it to his fans, he did not want to discuss directing Hobbit with New Line until the legal/accounting issues were settled. New Line produced the three Rings movies, which have grossed $2.9 billion worldwide and won 17 Oscars, including best picture for 2003's The Return of the King.

In recent weeks, talk of the Hobbit project has reignited. While New Line holds an option on the film rights to the 1937 novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, MGM holds distribution rights. Only last week, MGM chairman and CEO Harry Sloan, speaking at the European Media Leaders Summit in London, said that he was talking with Jackson about making Hobbit and another prequel to Rings.

According to Jackson, New Line co-chairman Michael Lynne had told Ken Kamins, Jackson's manager, that New Line would settle the lawsuit if Jackson would commit to directing Hobbit.

But, Jackson explained, "We have also said that we do not want to tie settlement of the lawsuit to making a film of 'The Hobbit.' " He added, "In our minds, this is not the right reason to make a film, and if a film of 'The Hobbit' went ahead on that basis, it would be doomed." »

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Jackson tells fans of NL dispute

21 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Much to the distress of his fans, Peter Jackson has announced that he is no longer planning to direct The Hobbit, a prequel to his mega-successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, because of an ongoing accounting and legal dispute with New Line Cinema.

In a highly unusual move, revealing some of the behind-the-scenes moves in a high-stakes negotiation, Jackson spoke directly to his fan base during the weekend, posting his explanation of recent events on TheOneRing.net. The statement from both Jackson and his wife and fellow producer, Fran Walsh, concluded: "This outcome is not what we anticipated or wanted, but neither do we see any positive value in bitterness or rancor. We now have no choice but to let the idea of a film of 'The Hobbit' go and move forward with other projects."

The lawsuit that resulted in the current impasse originally was filed by Jackson's production company, Wingnut Films, in early 2005. It alleged that the studio gave affiliates favorable licensing deals and failed to properly calculate revenue from the DVD sales of 2001's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

As Jackson explained it to his fans, he did not want to discuss directing Hobbit with New Line until the legal/accounting issues were settled. New Line produced the three Rings movies, which have grossed $2.9 billion worldwide and won 17 Oscars, including best picture for 2003's The Return of the King.

In recent weeks, talk of the Hobbit project has reignited. While New Line holds an option on the film rights to the 1937 novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, MGM holds distribution rights. Only last week, MGM chairman and CEO Harry Sloan, speaking at the European Media Leaders Summit in London, said that he was talking with Jackson about making Hobbit and another prequel to Rings.

According to Jackson, New Line co-chairman Michael Lynne had told Ken Kamins, Jackson's manager, that New Line would settle the lawsuit if Jackson would commit to directing Hobbit.

But, Jackson explained, "We have also said that we do not want to tie settlement of the lawsuit to making a film of 'The Hobbit.' " He added, "In our minds, this is not the right reason to make a film, and if a film of 'The Hobbit' went ahead on that basis, it would be doomed." »

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Jackson Delays 'Halo' Movie

3 November 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson has agreed to put his big budget movie version of video game Halo on hold while he searches for a new studio. The Lord Of The Rings filmmaker had continued to shoot the joint project with Microsoft despite the financial withdrawal of Fox and Universal last month. But Jackson - who has handed directorial duties to Neill Blomkamp, and will be a executive producer - has pulled the plug, with the mutual agreement of Microsoft. He says, "We are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait." The two movie giants were thought to have pulled out because of a spiraling budget. »

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Studios Pull Out of Jackson 'Halo' Movie

23 October 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Film-maker Peter Jackson is disappointed after Hollywood studios Fox and Universal pulled out of financing video game movie Halo, reportedly because they are worried at its escalating budget. Movie bosses had asked executive producer Jackson and computer game giant Microsoft to reduce their profit margins on the reported $200 million project - a request which both allegedly refused. The studios were also concerned that the costly film is being made by a first-time director, Neill Blomkamp. But Jackson spokesman Ken Kamins says, "The only budget the film-makers every spoke about was $145 million less the 12.5 per cent rebate that you get from shooting in New Zealand, which would put it at about $128 million. That was the only number that was ever discussed." »

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Jackson joins MSN for 'Halo' collaboration

28 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Jackson is expanding his relationship with Microsoft Games Studio by creating a video game studio and confirming two upcoming titles. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker already serves as the executive producer for the upcoming 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures Halo movie, based on Microsoft-owned Bungie Studio's best-selling game franchise. Now he and screenwriter Fran Walsh have partnered with Microsoft to create Wingnut Interactive Studio, a New Zealand-based video game studio that will develop exclusive new properties for Microsoft's Xbox 360 next generation console. Jackson, who recently picked first-time director Neill Blomkamp to helm the Halo movie, will delve further into the sci-fi intellectual property through an original Halo game that will be completely separate from Halo 3, which Microsoft already has announced will ship next year for Xbox 360. Jackson and Walsh will work with Bungie through Wingnut Interactive to develop a new Halo game aimed at the mass market. The as-yet-untitled game, which Jackson said has been in development for a year, is not expected to ship until 2008, after Halo 3. Bungie will develop the game with creative input, writing and direction done in cooperation with Wingnut Interactive. »

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Jackson joins MSN for 'Halo' collaboration

27 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Jackson is expanding his relationship with Microsoft Games Studio by creating a video game studio and confirming two upcoming titles. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker already serves as the executive producer for the upcoming 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures Halo movie, based on Microsoft-owned Bungie Studio's best-selling game franchise. Now he and screenwriter Fran Walsh have partnered with Microsoft to create Wingnut Interactive Studio, a New Zealand-based video game studio that will develop exclusive new properties for Microsoft's Xbox 360 next generation console. Jackson, who recently picked first-time director Neill Blomkamp to helm the Halo movie, will delve further into the sci-fi intellectual property through an original Halo game that will be completely separate from Halo 3, which Microsoft already has announced will ship next year for Xbox 360. Jackson and Walsh will work with Bungie through Wingnut Interactive to develop a new Halo game aimed at the mass market. The as-yet-untitled game, which Jackson said has been in development for a year, is not expected to ship until 2008, after Halo 3. Bungie will develop the game with creative input, writing and direction done in cooperation with Wingnut Interactive. »

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Jackson joins MSN for 'Halo' collaboration

27 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Jackson is expanding his relationship with Microsoft Games Studio by creating a video game studio and confirming two upcoming titles. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker already serves as the executive producer for the upcoming 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures Halo movie, based on Microsoft-owned Bungie Studio's best-selling game franchise. Now he and screenwriter Fran Walsh have partnered with Microsoft to create Wingnut Interactive Studio, a New Zealand-based video game studio that will develop exclusive new properties for Microsoft's Xbox 360 next generation console. Jackson, who recently picked first-time director Neill Blomkamp to helm the Halo movie, will delve further into the sci-fi intellectual property through an original Halo game that will be completely separate from Halo 3, which Microsoft already has announced will ship next year for Xbox 360. Jackson and Walsh will work with Bungie through Wingnut Interactive to develop a new Halo game aimed at the mass market. The as-yet-untitled game, which Jackson said has been in development for a year, is not expected to ship until 2008, after Halo 3. Bungie will develop the game with creative input, writing and direction done in cooperation with Wingnut Interactive. »

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Lord of fantasy: Jackson eyeing 'Temeraire'

12 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Jackson is eyeing his next fantasy series. The filmmaker has dipped into his discretionary fund to option Temeraire, a historical fantasy series by first-time novelist Naomi Novik, as he puts the pieces together for his career post-King Kong. The Temeraire saga reimagines the world of the Napoleonic Wars with the addition of an air force of dragons and valiant aviators. It centers on British naval Capt. Will Laurence, who captures a French ship, where he discovers an unhatched dragon egg in the hold -- a gift from the Emperor of China intended for Napoleon. When the egg hatches, he is forced to give up his naval career to become captain of the dragon he names Temeraire. »

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Lord of fantasy: Jackson eyeing 'Temeraire'

12 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Jackson is eyeing his next fantasy series. The filmmaker has dipped into his discretionary fund to option Temeraire, a historical fantasy series by first-time novelist Naomi Novik, as he puts the pieces together for his career post-King Kong. The Temeraire saga reimagines the world of the Napoleonic Wars with the addition of an air force of dragons and valiant aviators. It centers on British naval Capt. Will Laurence, who captures a French ship, where he discovers an unhatched dragon egg in the hold -- a gift from the Emperor of China intended for Napoleon. When the egg hatches, he is forced to give up his naval career to become captain of the dragon he names Temeraire. »

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'Pirates' Breaks $1 Billion Barrier

11 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has become only the third film to break through the $1 billion international box office barrier. The swashbuckling sequel - which stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom - now only trails Titanic and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King in the history books. James Cameron's Titanic made $1.8 billion following its release in 1997, while the concluding part of Peter Jackson's trilogy earned $1.1 billion. »

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Peter Jackson to Remake 'Dam Busters'

1 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord of the Rings film-maker Peter Jackson has signed to produce a remake of classic British war film The Dam Busters. Christian Rivers, who animated Jackson's last project King Kong, will direct the film which the Oscar winner insists will be "as authentic as possible and as close to the spirit of the original as possible". The 1954 movie told the true story of bouncing bombs that were developed by the British army to destroy German dams during World War II. It starred Michael Redgrave. Jackson, who enquired about the rights to the story when he was making initial plans for his Lord of the Rings movies, could only make the film after Mel Gibson's Icon production company pulled out. He tells film website ScreenDaily, "(My agent) came back and said that Icon had the rights and that Mel Gibson was going to direct and possibly act in it. Obviously that didn't happen." He adds the new film, which will shoot next year with a $30-40 million budget, will reveal much more about the missions than the original. Jackson says, "So much of it was still secret. They weren't even allowed to show the bomb itself and had to create a fictionalized bomb." »

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SFX Wizard To Helm 'Halo'

10 August 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > Halo > Neill Blomkamp bio > Blomkamp commercials portfolio > Short film: Alive in Joburg What do you do when you have a multi-million dollar video game franchise, a hero considered by legions of fans to be on the level of rock and movie stars, and the strength of one of the world leader in CGI technology? You find one of the hottest CGI directors to take the whole thing to Hollywood. Microsoft® and Universal Pictures have announced tapping 26 year old Neill Blomkamp to helm the first motion picture adaptation of the hugely popular video game “Halo”. The film version of Halo will be reportedly be live action with extensive CGI effects, and is expected to capitalize on the popularity of the video game series. The project, originally announced in 2005, has been the object of much conjecture and debate and the decision to allow Blomkamp to lead the project »

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Bay master of Domain in VFX stunner

16 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

George Lucas has Industrial Light + Magic, Peter Jackson has Weta, and now Michael Bay has Digital Domain. Bay and private investment firm Wyndcrest Holdings, in which Bay is a principal, are set to announce today the acquisition of the 13-year-old visual effects studio. Bay and fellow Wyndcrest principal John Textor spearheaded the acquisition. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bay broke the news to Digital Domain's 475 artists Monday at a companywide meeting at the Venice, Calif.-based studio. »

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Bay master of Domain in VFX stunner

16 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

George Lucas has Industrial Light + Magic, Peter Jackson has Weta, and now Michael Bay has Digital Domain. Bay and private investment firm Wyndcrest Holdings, in which Bay is a principal, are set to announce today the acquisition of the 13-year-old visual effects studio. Bay and fellow Wyndcrest principal John Textor spearheaded the acquisition. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bay broke the news to Digital Domain's 475 artists Monday at a companywide meeting at the Venice, Calif.-based studio. »

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Tribeca dispatch #1

25 April 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- [Pierre-Alexandre Despatis suffers for his cinema. Now covering his second edition, our official festival reporter and multi-function human cyborg will provide us the sights (plenty of cool pics!), the sounds, the reviews and the occasional interviews of the still very young 5th edition of the Tribeca film festival. Below are some of Pierre-Alexandre’s reviews in easy to read, insightful capsule form. Enjoy!] Encounter POINTMany of the numerous movies about the israelo-palestinian conflict are, unfortunately, redundant and they don't bring anything new to the subject. Encounter Point choses a rather different approach by abstaining from depicting violence or the conflict itself but rather the film quite interestingly portrays the lives of people who want ... peace--yes they do exist! After having lost a son, a daughter or a close relative, these people decided to try to change the situation in every way they can. In doing so, they risk their social standing and even their own lives. Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha’s film is the result of 2 years of research, 16 months of shooting and hundred of interviews. The film does a very good job at portraying these people's lives and their very own intimate/public struggle; after all, the are so many things an individual can do by himself. Unlike many other »

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'Kong' Dominates Empire Awards

3 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Peter Jackson's Academy Award-shunned remake of King Kong is leading the nominations for Empire Magazine's 2006 film awards. The New Zealand-shot epic has been named in five categories including Best Film. Pride & Prejudice, Crash, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, follow closely behind with four nominations each. The awards are the only film accolades to be voted for solely by the British public. Jackson, who is nominated for Best Director, will go head-to-head with Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg (War Of The Worlds), Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice), Ron Howard (Cinderella Man), Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins) and Nick Park and Steve Box (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit). Stars Matt Dillon, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Andy Serkis and Viggo Mortensen are all vying for Best Actor, while Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, Thandie Newton, Renee Zellweger and Hilary Swank have all been nominated as Best Actress. The ceremony will be held in the Hilton London Metropole on March 13, with British comedian Bill Bailey hosting. »

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Clooney's Award Fiasco

13 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar nominee George Clooney was left red-faced when an award he received fell apart during his acceptance speech last weekend. The Syriana star was at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to receive top honor the Modern Master Award. After the Ocean's Eleven star's sincere acceptance speech, he held the prize over his head only for the flimsy accolade to break into two pieces and fall to the floor. An embarrassed Clooney made light of the situation by saying, "Did you do this to (2004 winner) Peter Jackson, too?" »

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'Hostel' in surprising bow atop b.o.

10 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lionsgate's low-budget horror film Hostel rang in the new year with a surprisingly strong debut of $19.6 million from 2,195 theaters. Prior to release, the R-rated frightfest -- written and directed by Eli Roth and co-produced with Screen Gems -- was low on the boxoffice radar for the most part. Second place finisher The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe from Buena Vista was expected to repeat in the top spot, followed by Universal's King Kong. In the end, Narnia, co-produced with Walden Media, materialized $15.6 million to capture the second spot. The PG-rated adventure held up well compared with the four-day New Year's frame, and has generated $247.8 million to date. King Kong was in the third slot with $12.6 million, and is beginning to slow down a bit at the boxoffice as it's poised to cross the $200 million mark. The Peter Jackson-helmed action-adventure has picked up $192.7 million so far. »

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'Hostel' scares up $19.6 million

10 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Horror fans checked into Lionsgate's Hostel in surprisingly large numbers this weekend, as the R-rated horror film from writer-director Eli Roth rang up $19.6 million from 2,195 theaters to capture first place at the boxoffice. Heading into the frame, the prerelease tracking on Hostel, co-produced with Screen Gems, was lukewarm at best, and it looked likely that Buena Vista Pictures' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe and Universal Pictures' King Kong would rule in the top spots again. As it turned out, Narnia and Kong ruled in the second and third spots, respectively. Narnia grossed $15.6 million on its fifth week in release, down 40% from the first three days of the four-day New Year's holiday session. The PG-rated fantasy, based on the book by C.S. Lewis and co-produced with Walden Media, has generated $247.7 million to date. Kong scaled $12.6 million on its fourth weekend, down 60% from the New Year's frame. The Peter Jackson-helmed Kong is climbing toward the $200 million mark, with a domestic take of $192.7 million so far. Through the weekend, the worldwide cume for Kong stands near $464.5 million. »

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'Hostel' scares up $19.6 mil to reach No. 1

10 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Horror fans checked into Lionsgate's Hostel in surprisingly large numbers this weekend, as the R-rated horror film from writer-director Eli Roth rang up $19.6 million from 2,195 theaters to capture first place at the boxoffice. Heading into the frame, the prerelease tracking on Hostel, co-produced with Screen Gems, was lukewarm at best, and it looked likely that Buena Vista Pictures' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe and Universal Pictures' King Kong would rule in the top spots again. As it turned out, Narnia and Kong ruled in the second and third spots, respectively. Narnia grossed $15.6 million on its fifth week in release, down 40% from the first three days of the four-day New Year's holiday session. The PG-rated fantasy, based on the book by C.S. Lewis and co-produced with Walden Media, has generated $247.7 million to date. Kong scaled $12.6 million on its fourth weekend, down 60% from the New Year's frame. The Peter Jackson-helmed Kong is climbing toward the $200 million mark, with a domestic take of $192.7 million so far. Through the weekend, the worldwide cume for Kong stands near $464.5 million. »

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