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Peter Jackson Considering Original Game Development

Oscar-award winning director Peter Jackson is known for creating some of the most amazing films in recent memory, but what if he turned his attention to the video game industry...?

During an interview with Ain't It Cool, Jackson speaks about new creative ideas that might work better as games rather than movies. He just completed his most recent film, "The Lovely Bones," based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and admits that he's actually "enjoying these games more than I am enjoying films at the moment." He's also well aware of the fact that game developers are "using a lot of film techniques now, especially the cinematic areas." As for any new game projects for Jackson, he says he's "involved with a Tintin game" and he's also working on a title based on the "Lord of the Rings" prequel, J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." But above all else (in our eyes) is his newfound desire to try his hand at original games rather than merely game adaptations of films. Said Jackson:

"I think some of the ideas I've got, I'd rather do them as a standalone game, because that world is getting more and more interesting."

If Jackson lends his considerable directing talent to the game world, provided he has the right team around him (and it seems highly unlikely that he'll surround himself with lesser talent), it'll be very interesting to see what happens. Perhaps getting guys like this directly involved with the industry will mark another big step for video games...  By the way, I would just like to add that I despised the book, "The Lovely Bones."  Felt like I was getting punched in the kidneys with every passing chapter. 'gag'  But I know everyone loved it, so I'll shut up. :)

1/19/2010 9:19:48 PM Ben Dutka

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