evangeline lilly retired

Evangeline Lilly has become a pivotal part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stealing the show in Ant-Man and now getting promoted to double-billing for Ant-Man and the Wasp. But it almost never happened — if not for Peter Jackson.

Lilly shot to fame after the beloved ABC sci-fi series LOST premiered in 2004 to rave reviews, with Lilly transforming from unknown to household name virtually overnight. But the frenzy around the much-debated, oft-divisive show turned Lilly off to Hollywood, and she decided to retire from acting altogether. Until she suddenly got a call from none other than Peter Jackson.

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mortal engines featurette

A new Mortal Engines featurette takes you behind the scenes of the Peter Jackson produced film, introducing you to the characters and the epic scope of the post-apocalyptic story. Watch the Mortal Engines featurette below.  Read More »

lord of the rings tv series update

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke has attempted to clear up some rumors about that super-expensive Lord of the Rings TV series, including whether or not Peter Jackson is going to be involved. Salke also says the show will be “one big series” with “characters you love.”

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Peter Jackson - Amazon Lord of the Rings TV Show

UPDATE: Peter Jackson clarified his remarks about working on the Lord of the Rings TV show, and we’ve added them to the story below.

Just last month, there were rumblings that Peter Jackson was mulling over the possibility of either being involved with Amazon’s expensive Lord of the Rings series or tackling a DC Comics movie. If either of those prospects had you giddy with excitement, the director has some bad news on both fronts.

Peter Jackson is not working on the Lord of the Rings series, nor is he working on a comic book movie. The filmmaker confirmed the recent reports were unfounded, and you can find out what he had to say on both matters below. Read More »

Last year, as I flew to Wellington, New Zealand to visit the set of Universal Pictures’ Mortal Engines, I read the source novel by writer Philip Reeve. It was a brisk read, one intended for younger audiences, but I immediately understood why filmmaker Peter Jackson had been working for a decade to bring it to the big screen. The world Reeve had crafted on paper was spellbinding. It was a fascinating foundation upon which all kinds of stories could be told and all kinds of characters could be constructed. The storytelling itself was a bit simplistic, a side effect of the novel’s intended young adult audience, but it was easy to imagine the material being remixed into something a bit bolder, a bit more complex, and whole lot more thrilling.

And after spending two days on the Mortal Engines set, speaking with cast and crew and touring various locations and sound stages, it seems that Jackson and director Christian Rivers are working to do just that. Mortal Engines looks be less of a direct adaptation of the book and more of a wider and wilder exploration of the source material’s thrilling world-building. And that is very exciting.

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Lord of the Rings TV series

Amazon’s very expensive Lord of the Rings TV series might focus on the days of young Aragorn, the character played by Viggo Mortensen in the films. At least, that’s the rumor floating around.

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peter jackson dceu film

Peter Jackson has kept something of a low-profile recently, but a new report indicates he’s ready to get back in the game. The filmmaker is weighing two different options: he’ll either join the DCEU for a new film, or he’ll head over to Amazon to help with their very expensive Lord of the Rings TV show.

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Tarantino Lord of the Rings

A new book detailing Peter Jackson‘s epic quest to bring The Lord of the Rings to the big screen has revealed that, at one point, producer Harvey Weinstein threatened to fire Jackson and replace the filmmaker with Quentin Tarantino.

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Mortal Engines trailer

Ready for more YA dystopia? The Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines just dropped its eerie new teaser trailer online, featuring the city of London itself attached to giant Mad Max: Fury Road-style machinery. Christian Rivers helms this slice of post-apocalyptic extravaganza, with a script by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens. Watch the Mortal Engines trailer is below.

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Lord of the Rings cast

Another day, another story accusing Harvey Weinstein of being a terrible human being, as director Peter Jackson recently claimed that Weinstein actively blocked Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from joining the Lord of the Rings cast. This is just the latest in an ever-growing list of despicable behavior attributed to Weinstein, who was recently forced out of The Weinstein Company in light of multiple sexual assault allegations.

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