Update on Peter Jackson’s potential project TEMERAIRE

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
December 8th, 2009


While promoting his latest film, the dramatic fairy tale THE LOVELY BONES, director Peter Jackson gave an update on what is thought to possibly be a future directorial project. TEMERAIRE, a proposed 9 book series, tells of an alternate reality in which the Napoleonic Wars were fought by land in combat, by sea with ships and by air with…dragons!

Jackson says his plans for TEMERAIRE are not a film yet more a high concept 6-8 part miniseries, complete with a proper budget and high production value. The director largely accounts this to the changing TV market as well as it being a way to give these epic stories room to grow. On this note, Jackson said “I just can’t see doing one expensive movie and if that’s successful you get to do another one, but if the second one isn’t quite as good maybe there’ll never be a third one… I just don’t see that fitting with the property at all.”

While no deals are in place, Jackson has begun working on TEMERAIRE by having his elves at the WETA workshop commence on deigns for the film, specifically the dragons. The director says he hopes for TEMERAIRE to be one of his projects for 2010, specifically scripting the series and working out it’s structure.

THE LOVELY BONES hits theaters next month on January 15th. Filming on the motion capture THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, which Jackson produced with director Steven Spielberg, has just wrapped. Jackson also added that the screenplay for THE HOBBIT, the planned prequel to his LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, will be finished by the end of this year.

Source AICN

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