Peter Jackson to Next Focus on Smaller, True-Story Films Set in New Zealand; Doesn’t Rule Out a Return to Middle-Earth

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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.

Peter Jackson Says He’ll Make the TINTIN Sequel After He Finishes THE HOBBIT Trilogy

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When director Steven Spielberg’s animated pic The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was first announced, Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson made it clear that their intention was to switch roles on a proposed sequel, with Jackson then taking the helm as director and Spielberg assuming the role of producer.  Though not a massive success domestically, Tintin did swell business overseas, raking in a worldwide total of $373.9 million.  We’ve been hearing from both Spielberg and Jackson that they still plan on making the Tintin sequel for the past couple of years now, but production has yet to begin.  The latest we heard was from Spielberg earlier this year, who said they were hoping to have the follow-up ready for a 2015 release.

So what’s the holdup?  Well you can chalk it up to Jackson expanding his The Hobbit adaptation to three films.  The director recently provided an update on Tintin, revealing that he plans on moving back on to Tintin once he’s finished with The Hobbit.  Hit the jump to read on.

Steven Spielberg Confirms Hoped-For 2015 Release for TINTIN Sequel; Says He’s Planning Another Film Set in India

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Plans for the sequel to Steven Spielberg’s first foray into animated features, The Adventures of Tintin, appear to be moving right along.  Last we heard, Peter Jackson—who will direct the follow-up—said he hoped to film the performance-capture portion of the movie sometime this year for a planned 2015 release.  Now Steven Spielberg—who will produce the film—has confirmed as much, saying that he still hopes the sequel will be in theaters by Christmas 2015.  Hit the jump for more, including news concerning a new film from Spielberg that takes place in India.

Peter Jackson Hopes to Shoot TINTIN Sequel Next Year for 2015 Release

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A sequel to director Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin is still on track, according to Peter JacksonThe initial plan was to have Jackson film the performance-capture portion of the Tintin sequel this past summer after he finished production on The Hobbit, but the decision to expand the J.R.R. Tolkein adaptation to a trilogy on top of prepping for the release of An Unexpected Journey understandably took up quite a bit of Jackson’s time.  Though he still plans on tackling 8 weeks or so of additional filming on The Hobbit early next year, it appears that he also hopes to get around to shooting the Tintin sequel in 2013 as well.  Hit the jump for more.

Steven Spielberg Provides TINTIN Sequel Update; Confirms Plan is for Peter Jackson to Film Motion-Capture After THE HOBBIT

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While it didn’t necessarily break box office records here in the US, The Adventures of Tintin was a massive success across the globe. This wasn’t exactly a shock, as international audiences are incredibly familiar with Herge’s source material whereas many in the US were befuddled by this “Tintin” character. Given the film’s box office haul, a sequel is now actively in the works. The plan is for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to swap roles this time around, with Jackson directing and Spielberg producing. Spielberg recently provided a brief status update on the sequel, confirming that the plan is for Jackson to shoot the follow-up this summer after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. Hit the jump for more.

Steven Spielberg Talks LINCOLN, the TINTIN Sequels, and ROBOPOCALYPSE; Says He Isn’t Directing JURASSIC PARK 4

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“You want me to speak French to you? That wouldn’t be a good career choice for me. I got a lot of fans here. I don’t want to lose them with one bad accent!” Steven Spielberg joked when the French media asked him to say a few words in their language at a press conference in Paris this week, where he was promoting War Horse.  All kidding aside however, the legendary director does not like to talk about uncompleted projects.  Yet he did offer some insight into four of his upcoming movies.

While he spent much of the 45 minutes answering questions about his new film, he also discussed Lincoln, Robopocalypse, the Adventures of Tintin sequels and Jurassic Park 4.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Movie Stars Portray Famous Movie Villains, TRANSFORMERS 4, QUANTUM OF SOLACE Script Problems, Kathleen Kennedy Talks JURASSIC PARK 4, TINTIN, More

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I think there’s something to be said for coming to your own conclusions. Case in point: I may currently be at odds with 77% of the Rotten Tomatoes critic community when I say this, but I found The Sitter to be worthy of my box office dollars. Was it the best comedy I’ve ever seen? Not even close. Was it the best comedy I’ve seen in the past six months? Nope. That said, I had been looking forward to the pic over the course of covering it for this site. When the critical negativity began pouring in, I could have easily passed on the film as a result (something I’ve been guilty of in the past). Instead, I decided to check it out and I laughed (quite a bit, actually). So, what’s the moral of my story? If you want to see a movie, go see it. Don’t let poor reviews detour you from something you think you may enjoy. Use reviews as a foundation for healthy debate rather than as an excuse to not give something a chance because someone else didn’t like it.

All ranting aside, in this week’s “Top 5″ installment, you’ll be able to read all about The Dark Knight Rises and its IMAX prologue, viral campaign, and potential IMAX footage runtime. You can also see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Rooney Mara and more portraying classic movie “villains” of their choice, get up to date on Michael Bay potentially returning to direct Transformers 4, Daniel Craig discussing the script problems that plagued Quantum of Solace, and producer Kathleen Kennedy talking Jurassic Park 4, Tintin, Lincoln, and Robopocalypse. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy Talks JURASSIC PARK 4, a 3D Re-Release for JURASSIC PARK, and the TINTIN Sequel

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If you’re unfamiliar with the name Kathleen Kennedy, I assure you you’re very familiar with her work. Kennedy has been one of Steven Spielberg‘s producing partners since Raiders of the Lost Ark, and is responsible for producing films like Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, The Sixth Sense, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and many many more. Most recently she worked with Spielberg on the director’s two December releases War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. Steve is currently in New York for the War Horse junket and he got the chance to speak with Kennedy, who gave updates on a number of high profile projects.

While we’ll have the full interview up shortly (as well as updates on other upcoming projects), we wanted to share with you what she had to say about a Tintin sequel, Jurassic Park 4 and the possiblity of a 3D re-release for Jurassic Park today. Kennedy confirmed that they’re working on another entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, revealed that Universal has approached them about a 3D re-release of the original Jurassic Park, and said they’ve already set things in motion for a sequel to Tintin, which could feasibly be released by Christmas 2014 or summer 2015. Hit the jump to see what she had to say.

Peter Jackson May “Have to” Direct THE HOBBIT; Currently Obligated to THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN 2

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The departure of Guillermo Del Toro from The Hobbit has left co-writer/producer Peter Jackson in a tricky situation.  The project needs a director, but who’s eager to get on board a project whose start date is indefinite?  Speaking to New Zealand’s The Dominion Post [via The Playlist], Jackson said that they’re unable to find a suitable director, then he might have to step into the director’s chair:  “If that’s what I have to do to protect Warner Bros’ investment, then obviously that’s one angle which I’ll explore.  The other studios may not let me out of the contracts.”

His manager told TOH that Jackson is unable to direct The Hobbit because he has obligations to other projects.  He continued that Jackson “will turn his attention to Tintin 2 in the new year.“  Hit the jump for more on the projects that are also on Jackson’s plate.

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