Will these filmmakers ever have time to shift gears again?
Franchises: "Lord of the Rings," "The Hobbit," "The Adventures of Tintin"
Mode he seems to be stuck in: Middle-earth and, now, apparently, brewing "3D motion capture computer-animated epic adventure" franchise "The Adventures of Tintin."
What's next: Six of Jackson's last eight films have been devoted to adapting the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, with the final installment in the seemingly never-ending "Hobbit" trilogy set for release this December. After that he's taking on helming duties for the sequel to Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," which - if you ask Jackson's hardcore pre-"LOTR" fans - is not a welcome development. A return to gross-out comedy-horror ("Braindead") and/or visually-stunning character drama ("Heavenly Creatures") does not appear to be in the cards for this once-dynamic filmmaker, once one of cinema's most exciting auteurs who now seems to be more interested in technical wizardry than in simply telling a good story.
- Chris Eggertsen