News has reached us today that Peter Jackson, the renowned director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the second remake of King Kong, has a couple of ideas in the pipeline for his next productions after he completes his new version of The Dam Busters.
"I’ve been intrigued by the Harry Potter series, and the way different directors have viewed the original books and produced quite different perspectives. I’ve proposed that the last two books in the series be made back to back (those kids aren’t getting any younger, you know) and I’d like to direct them. Of course, Fran and Phillipa and I would write the scripts, as usual."
But this isn’t the only idea Mr Jackson has up his sleeve. The famous operatic Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner is also in his sights. "These aren’t as well known as Tolkien’s trilogy, of course, so we’d have a bit more leeway to play around with the story. Probably Howard Shore, whose music has such a Wagnerian quality anyway, would be called in to do some rewriting of the original score."
The four operas in the Cycle: Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdamerung – translated as The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried and The Twilight of the Gods – are just the sort of epic drama that Mr Jackson has so admirably put on the screen in his previous masterpieces.
"There’s plenty of room for CGI, and maybe even a bit of splatter," he said jokingly, referring to his earlier movies, Braindead and Bad Taste. "No one has ever managed to stage the Ride of the Valkyries effectively. I believe we can make it one of the most hair-raising scenes in movie history. And the descent into the Rhine, and the forging of the Sword. It’s just waiting to be captured on screen!"
Mr Jackson feels certain Andy Serkis would have a part to play in the movies. "He’s done so well at conveying the essential character of Gollum and Kong, that we couldn’t possibly leave him out. He’d make a great Fafner, the brother who turns into a dragon."
Already Mr Jackson’s agents are at work dealing with the rights to these works. Mr Jackson is confident, given his status in the movie world, that gaining the rights will be no big deal.