Filmmaker Peter Jackson has now made six full-length feature films out of material from author J.R.R. Tolkein. While Jackson’s return to Middle-earth following the brilliance of his Lord of the Rings trilogy was originally welcomed, interest in his new The Hobbit films waned after the first film turned out to be a bit of a slog. You can blame the stretching of the material, the shooting in 48 fps, or simply a weak story to begin with for how this trilogy turned out (though to be fair it certainly has its fans), but none of that really matters now. The final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters in two days, and all eyes are on what Jackson will turn his attention to next.
He’s an undeniably talented filmmaker with a penchant for eye-popping visuals, but Jackson says that after making three massive movies in a row, he’s ready to turn his attention to stories with a much, much smaller budget. But that doesn’t mean he’ll completely rule out a return to Middle-earth sometime in the far future. Read on after the jump.