Peter Jackson

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Peter Jackson
Jackson at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Born October 31, 1961
Wellington, New Zealand[1][note 1]
Occupation Director, screenwriter, producer
First work The Valley (1976)
Notable work King Kong (2005),
The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)

Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a New Zealand writer and director. He wrote, produced, and directed the 2005 King Kong film.

Inspired to enter the filmmaking business after seeing the 1933 King Kong at the age of 9,[4] Jackson is most notable for his 2001-2003 adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, he had been planning to create an adaptation of King Kong since 1995, but was unable to begin production due in part to the upcoming releases of Mighty Joe Young and GODZILLA. When his work on The Lord of the Rings was complete, his helming a King Kong remake was finally realized in the 2005 film of the same name. Obsessed with monster films and Kong in particular since he was a child, he became fixated on a cut and lost pit scene from the original film.[5] Around the time of his 2005 Kong, he and his team of frequent collaborators at Weta Workshop began production on their own recreation of the scene, with painstaking attention to detail. It was later included as a bonus feature on Blu-ray releases of the 1933 film.

Selected filmography



  • King Kong (2005) - Screenwriter [with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens] / producer [with Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh] / biplane gunner [cameo]

Selected video games

Selected bibliography


  • Jackson has an extensive collection of King Kong memorabilia, including the original stop-motion puppets for the Brontosaurus from the first King Kong, and the Styracosaurus from Son of Kong. He also owns the puppet used for the shot of the Brontosaurus' coming out of the water.
  • The comic adaptation of Jackson's King Kong film was nearly scrapped mid-run by Dark Horse Publishing, but Jackson's intervention saw the remaining two issues see publication as part of a graphic novel. [6]


  1. While Jackson has frequently stated that he was born in Wellington Hospital and raised in Pukerua Bay, Porirua,[2] sources such as the 2005 Peter Jackson: From Gore to Mordor (p. 7) erroneously list Pukerua Bay as his place of birth.[3]


This is a list of references for Peter Jackson. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Pryor 2003, p. 26.
  2. Sibley 2006, pp. 4-5.
  3. Woods 2005, p. 7.
  4. Woods 2005, p. 177.
  5. “The Mystery of the Lost Spider Pit Sequence.” Warner Home Media, Wingnut Films, Weta Workshop, 2005.
  6. Weaver, Dustin (20 August 2017). "Entry 297: Blast From the Past- part 26".


  • Pryor, Ian (2003). Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings. ISBN 978-0-7528-6970-4.
  • Sibley, Brian (2006). Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey. HarperCollins Entertainment. ISBN 978-0007440726.
  • Woods, Paul (2005). Peter Jackson: From Gore to Mordor. Plexus Publishing. ISBN 978-0859653565.


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