Peter Jackson Still Pondering a New Take on Gallipoli


He’s hardly got a plate as full as that of Guillermo del Toro, but now that The Lovely Bones is in theatres, Peter Jackson still has a few things to work on. There’s Tintin and a couple of Hobbit movies to finish, just for starters. But he’s still talking about a project that is dear to him: a new take on the Battle of Gallipoli, an attempt made during World War I to take the Turkish Peninsula. It was the first major engagement for the then-new Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC); scores of ANZAC troops fought and were killed in the battle.

This may not be as much of a personal dream project as King Kong was, but Jackson has talked about this off and on for years. His grandfather fought in the battle, which lasted eight months, and Jackson was even involved in the restoration of a 20-minute film from 1916 featuring newsreel footage of the war. Read More »