Early last month, rumors began circle around social media that Peter Jackson was lining up his next project, but he was having to make a difficult choice. The director reportedly decided between working on the $1 billion Amazon series Lord of the Rings or tackle a DC superhero for Warner Bros. Fans were understandably going crazy with the news. Should he choose DC or will he go back to Middle Earth? Sadly, it appears it’s option C – Neither.
Jackson spoke to French outlet Allocine, where he cleared up any rumors about his next project. Long story short, he’s not involved in Lord of the Rings, which will likely upset Tolkien fans, and he’s not going to work on a DC film.
“I’m not involved at all in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series. I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project.”
The initial report stated that, while no deal had been made, Jackson’s lawyers had created a dialogue between the prolific director and the massive studio. Perhaps, at one point, Jackson was being courted, but make no mistake, the director is definitely not involved.
When the conversation turned to the other big rumor, Jackson was even more firm. Basically, much to the chagrin of comic book fans everywhere, it looks like the filmmaker is never going to venture down the patch of capes and tights.
“That’s not true. I had no discussions about that. I’m not a fan of comics, I’ve never read any, so I’m not particularly interested in adapting one for cinema. That’s not true at all.”
“I’m not involved in any DC film or Lord of The Rings series but I’m ok with it, I have plenty other projects that keep me busy!”
Well, there you have it. Not only is Jackson not involved with Lord of the Rings but he’s also not going to be tackling Superman or any other superheroes for that matter. For now, we can look forward to his next film, Mortal Engines, which Jackson co-wrote and produced.