Peter Jackson says he turned down making 'Aquaman' twice

Director Peter Jackson poses for photographers upon arrival at the BAFTA awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Peter Jackson (Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has revealed that he was offered the chance to snap up directing duties on DC's Aquaman.

But he turned it down, not once, but twice.

Speaking to Empire, he explained that Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara was the one hoping to snare his blockbuster-making skills behind the camera.

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“He said, ‘Are you a fan of Aquaman?’ I said, ‘No’,” Jackson said.

“Six months later: ‘Peter, are you a fan of Aquaman?’ I said, ’No, Kevin, I already told you this’.”

Director James Wan arrives at the premiere of "Aquaman" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Director James Wan arrives at the premiere of Aquaman. (Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“I’m not a superhero guy. I read Tintin… Look, films are hard. I only want to make something that I have a deep passion for.”

James Wan ended up taking the job, helmsman of movies like Insidious, The Conjuring and Fast & Furious 7, with Jason Momoa's half-human, half-Atlantean steering the studio to over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

Jackson went on: “I don’t really anticipate making another theatrical film for a year or two.”

His last movie was the staggering World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, while he also has another documentary on the Beatles upcoming, an expansion of the 1970 film Let It Be.

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As for his love of Tintin, he is still planning to make a sequel to the 2011 mo-cap extravaganza The Adventures of Tintin, which he produced, with Steven Spielberg directing.

He told Polygon last year: “I’m intending to. I’ve got gotta get the script written, but I’m certainly hoping to get another Tintin film, one which I’ve directed.

“This one, Steven [Spielberg] would produce. It’s within the next year or two, I would hope. I mean, there’s nothing happening this very second, but it does literally need me to sit down and develop a script for it. So probably in the new year, I’ll try to do that.

“I’ve had certain times where I thought it was going to be this, it’s going to be that ... For a while, we’ve gone to Prisoners of the Sun. But I’m not necessarily thinking that that would be where we’d go next time. There’s so many good stories, and I just want to see what I feel like making.

“There’s no one that dictates what it has to be, you know — I get to choose. So I wanna just make that choice carefully because I love the variety, you know? You can go the Indiana Jones-sort of Prisoners of the Sun, or you can go into The Calculus Affair and be more of a Eastern Bloc thriller. There’s the moon ones where you can explore the moon and space. There’s so many choices, and I couldn’t tell you today which way I’m going.”