Peter Jackson refused to direct Aquaman

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Peter Jackson turned down Aquaman
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The director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is no fan of superheroes.

Peter Jackson knows what he wants. To the magazine Empire, the filmmaker recounted in May 2019 how he turned down Warner Bros. director Kevin Tsujihara’s offer to direct the film adaptation ofAquaman. We republish his words on the occasion of the rebroadcast of the blockbuster, finally directed by James Wan, on TMC.

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Kevin asked me if I was a fan ofAquaman. I told him no. Six months later, he repeated his request and I told him no, I was not a fan of superheroes… That I preferred to read Tintin. “Rather pungent in his response, Jackson then calmly explained to the CEO of Warner that he did not see himself taking charge of a new film before”one or two years“and that he really wanted”get involved in a project that he was really passionate about.

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At the time of this statement, the director of Hobbit had not toured since the end of the trilogy in 2014. In 2018, he donned the producer cap for the blockbuster Mortal Engines : one of the biggest flops in the history of cinema with only $ 70 million in revenue worldwide for a budget of 110 million. For his part, Aquaman, directed by James Wan, dominated the box office with a total of 1.020 billion collected worldwide. Its sequel is also being filmed and expected at the end of next year at the cinema.
Peter Jackson has since directed un documentary on the Beatles, Get back, which will be unveiled from November 25 on Disney Plus. He also sold his special effects company Weta Digital at Unity, a large video game creation company.

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