With its host of hobbits, giant gorillas, zombies and ghosts, filmmaker Peter Jackson's resume reads like a veritable directory of comic book archetypes. And yet, somehow there hasn't been a superhero blockbuster to date with his name in the credits.
MTV News sat down with the "District 9" producer to discuss why he's never made a superhero film, and ended up learning which franchise currently has Jackson most excited.
"The only superhero project I've ever been involved in was many, many years ago when we wrote a script for 'Concrete' for Dark Horse [Comics]," recalled Jackson. "That never happened, but I thought our script was kind of fun and [it's] still sitting on somebody's shelf."
Even though adapting Paul Chadwick's "Concrete" never solidified, Jackson definitely doesn't seem against the idea of doing a comic book movie—he is, after all, producing an adaptation of Herge's "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," graphic novel—the director says he just hasn't been approached with a superhero comic.
"No one's ever offered me a comic, and I'm not a natural comic book guy, but I'll tell you what, I will say that in the last couple of years I think my favorite Hollywood movie that's been released in the last couple of years was 'Iron Man,'" said Jackson, noting his unfamiliarity with the Armored Avenger prior to seeing the film.
"I'd never read a single Iron Man comic, I didn't know Iron Man, I didn't know what the law was, but I enjoyed that movie, I thought it was a terrific film," said Jackson, adding, "I can't wait for 'Iron Man 2.'"
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