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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