Here’s a richly ironic quote that Peter Jackson dropped on Moviefone that left my jaw agape:
I don’t really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now. The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It’s become very franchise driven and superhero driven. I’ve never read a comic book in my life so I’m immediately at a disadvantage and I have no interest in that. So now it’s time for us to step back. We’re heading towards something of that scale.
Wait? This “Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon.” Hey bro! What were those SIX Middle-Earth movies about, if not trading actual story for technology? He created a nine-hour video game that no one got to play except Peter Jackson! That entire trilogy was Peter Jackson showing off his toys.
And what is this? Is he looking down at superhero movies and comic books? The guy obsessed with Tolkien is thumbing his nose at comic books!? At least those Marvel movies are more than just a series of fight sequences broken up by long walks in the woods.
“So, yes, I’m not going to head off and do a Marvel film,” he continued. “So if I don’t do a Marvel film, I don’t have any other choice — I’ve got to go make a small New Zealand movie!”
Oh, I see! There’s only two choices in Hollywood now! Marvel films and independent movies. You mean, like King Kong, and the $65 million budgeted Lovely Bones?
Sure thing, Peter. Sure thing.