Let’s start off with some words from Peter Jackson from a recent interview when asked if he would ever be interested in directing a Marvel film:
“I don’t really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now. The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It’s become very franchise driven and superhero driven. I’ve never read a comic book in my life so I’m immediately at a disadvantage and I have no interest in that. So now it’s time for us to step back. We’re heading towards something of that scale.”
Oh the irony, and the pure ego of a man who took a 300 page children’s novel (‘The Hobbit’), threw in loads of unnecessary filler, ballooned it out to a “trilogy” (which by no means is a true trilogy, for actual trilogy examples click here), and then says that Hollywood is too franchise driven. The audacity to naysay the advent of technology when he tried (and many would say failed miserably) to force the ridiculous 48 frames-per-second 3D movie out to audiences with his bloated ‘Hobbit’ trilogy, a trilogy so jam-packed full of green screens and CGI that at one point veteran actor Ian McKellen, (a legacy ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy actor might I add) broke down on the set of the ‘Hobbit’ while surrounded by green screens and cardboard cut-outs that he was supposed to be acting against. And Hollywood is the problem? Those in glass houses best not hand out stones Mr. Jackson.
And the final insult, to say that Hollywood is going downhill because of super-hero franchises is a joke. Hollywood goes through phases, there was a western phase, a science-fiction heavy phase, even a fantasy phase, and right now we are currently experiencing the super-hero phase, and arguably the best purveyor of quality super-hero movies (that often can stand alone as good movies even without the ‘super-hero’ nomenclature attached to it) is Marvel. And if the quality of the ‘Hobbit’ trilogy is any indication, Marvel is lucky Jackson is not interested in comics, as he would bloat the budget by turning a relatively simple storyline into either a 3 hour monolith that audiences would struggle to sit through (*cough*’King Kong’*cough*) or try to expand it into multiple movies so he could write his own nonsense in to make it more interesting to him.
To conclude, I agree with Peter Jackson that he should stay out of the super-hero genre, and hope in the future he will be smart enough to keep comments like this to himself for fear of seeming slightly delusional and completely out of touch.
Source: Comic Book