Peter Jackson to 'step off blockbusters'
Since 2001 – give or take 'The Lovely Bones' – Peter Jackson has only made blockbusters.
But now the 'Lord of the Rings' helmsman is planning to go back to his roots, once he gets the final instalments of 'The Hobbit' out of the way.
“We have got a few bits and pieces that we are working on, Fran and I,” Jackson told the New Zealand Herald (Fran being his wife and collaborator).
“The things that we are most excited about are some New Zealand stories. We just want to step off the Hollywood blockbuster thing for a while and we've had a few New Zealand stories in line for a while that we think would make great films. The 'Heavenly Creatures' mode really.
Jackson... stepping off the blockbusters (Copyright: Warner Bros)
“But one thing has led to another and we have never had time.
“We've made a conscious decision that in the limited years we have left to make movies to tell some New Zealand stories.”
To give an idea of what he has achieved in the blockbuster field, so far his Tolkien series has grossed nearly $4 billion, with the final two films likely to tip it to over $6 billion in all.
Jackson still, of course, has the small matter of his final two instalments of his 'Hobbit' trilogy to deliver before his less expensive plans begin development.
'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is out on December 13, while the final episode, 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' follows on December 17, 2014.