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Peter Jackson Talks The Dam Busters
'We've got 10 Lancaster Bombers...'

14 December 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Exclusive

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As well as the Tintin sequel, Peter Jackson has another project he's eyeing up once The Hobbit trilogy is done and dusted: his take on the same story that inspired 1955's classic war film The Dam Busters.

 

Armed with a script written by the one and only Stephen Fry of QI, Blackadder and Master Of Lake-town fame (whose role in the Hobbit trilogy will be revealed in The Desolation Of Smaug) Jackson has wanted to get his planes in the air since before The Hobbit came to pass. 

This will come as no surprise to die-hard Jackson fans, who will no doubt know about Jackson's love of planes and his collection of marvellous flying machines, even though he himself doesn't actually enjoy flying. Handy he's got his own private jet now, eh?

Anyway, in the video above (jump to 1.16 for the Dam Busters details) you can find out more about the situation with the exciting War World II-set project, but here below is a snippet of transcription from it to whet your appetite.

"Dam Busters is on hold while I finish The Hobbit. The Hobbit wasn't something I intended to get involved in [as much] as I did, so there was an option at one stage I'd be shooting The Dam Busters while Guillermo [del Toro] was shooting The Hobbit, but as things ended up going, The Dam Busters has just had to sit on the sidelines."

"We've got ten lancs," adds Jackson, referring to the iconic Lancaster Bombers that ruled the skies in the early '40s. "They're ready to go as soon as we possibly can."

Jackson goes on to suggest how the eagles in The Battle Of The Five Armies a fierce fight set to appear in the third Hobbit film, There And Back Again may employ Dam Busters-like tactics to aid their allies, but as we say, you're best off watching the video itself to find out more...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in UK cinemas now.


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N*gger
Having originally stated that he would call Wing Commander Guy Gibson's dog by his real name, "N*gger" (I have self-censored myself!), I am disappointed at Stephen Fry's apparent lack of intellectual integrity by - presumably - caving in to the film producers' PC, and re-naming the dog. What other "concessions" will be made...? More

Posted by Dam Buster at 22:33 on 01 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: What Will He Call The Dog?
Stephen Fry talked about this last year. They decided they couldn't use the original name and he was asked to provide several alternatives. Last time he spoke about it the dog was to be renamed 'Digger'. But, of course, that might change again before principle photography. More

Posted by Nicky C at 15:56 on 17 December 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Turn It Into Three Films
He's going to do 3 movies 1. Dam busters an unexpected bombing. 2. Dam busters the waters broke. 3. Dam busters there an back again. More

Posted by The Duck Returns at 10:56 on 17 December 2012 | Report This Post

Turn It Into Three Films
Start with the Barnes Wallis search for the bomb, a film about the training and then one about the raid. Three hours each with extended scenes Blu Ray making the whole thing 'real time' about 18 months long. More

Posted by andrewgc at 21:11 on 16 December 2012 | Report This Post

RE: What Will He Call The Dog?
L: andrewgc Given that Guy Gibson's famous dog now has a politically incorrect name, what will they do with the dog? ename it Honky? More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 19:47 on 16 December 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Steady... Steady...
L: Ulmaceae Why the need for a remake? Can't he do something new? hy he ever did Kong god knows. More

Posted by The Puddled Duck at 18:22 on 16 December 2012 | Report This Post

Steady... Steady...
Why the need for a remake? Can't he do something new? More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 22:02 on 14 December 2012 | Report This Post

What Will He Call The Dog?
Given that Guy Gibson's famous dog now has a politically incorrect name, what will they do with the dog? More

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