Is Peter Jackson Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’?

Peter Jackson either concocted a very elaborate April Fools’ prank, or he accidentally revealed some pretty big movie news.

If you watched “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugsneak peek that was revealed yesterday, you might have noticed Jackson fumbling around a bit in his desk. The clever folks over at First Showing honed in on that moment and noticed quite the Easter egg: a script for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” with Jackson’s name on it.

Is Jackson going to be helming the next “Star Wars” movie after J.J. Abrams wraps on “Star Wars: Episode VII”? It doesn’t seem likely, unfortunately. As some keen-eyed redditors pointed out, the script for “The Simillarion” can also be seen sitting on a shelf, and that movie isn’t being made any time soon, thanks to the Tolkien estate. We’ll categorize this under “elaborate April Fools’ prank” until proved otherwise.

Still, a “Star Wars” movie from Jackson would definitely be interesting. He’d probably find some way to set at least a portion of it in New Zealand and would definitely put his elaborate special effects knowledge to good use. If “Episode VIII” has to return to Mustafar for any reason, at least Jackson can say he cut his teeth on Mordor and the depths of Moria.

Would you like to see Jackson helm a “Star Wars” movie? Do you think this is an Easter egg or a prank? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!