Where is Peter Jackson? It’s now been over a year and a half since the filmmaker’s last effort, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and while Jackson no doubt was in need of some good, long rest after completing the Hobbit trilogy, we’ve thus far heard very little about what the Oscar-winning director might tackle next aside from an episode of Doctor Who. In fact, Jackson was never supposed to direct The Hobbit in the first place—he enlisted Guillermo del Toro to take the reins for fear of repeating himself, but once del Toro left the project due to prolonged delays, Jackson stepped in and thus began a whirlwind production that grew from two movies to three mere months before An Unexpected Journey was released.
So yeah, Jackson needed some time off, but it appears he hasn’t just been sitting idly by. Speaking with New Zealand’s Time Out Magazine (via The Playlist), Steven Spielberg not only revealed that The Adventures of Tintin 2 is still alive, but Jackson is also working on a secret project for the filmmaker’s Amblin Entertainment:
“Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he’s doing another film for my company now. It’s a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he’ll do Tintin.”
The Hobbit films were, by and large, a major letdown and felt very much like a director who had been given too many resources and too much control—one paralyzed by choice. In the wake of The Hobbit, Jackson expressed his desire to go back to making small New Zealand films, so I’m curious to know if this Spielberg project fits that bill or if it’s something bigger.