Peter Jackson not working on Amazon's Lord of the Rings show, or a DC movie

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Feb 12, 2019, 1:00 PM EST (Updated)

Rumors have been rampant about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV adaptation, mostly because it’s going to be the most expensive show of all time, and partially because it’s been a huge undertaking to get all the rights from the disparate corners of J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate. Not to mention who’s going to run the thing.

Rumors surfaced that Amazon was reaching out to the director behind the best adaptations of the books, Peter Jackson, for leadership during the show’s pre-production process, but it was never clear what role (if any) he was playing on the show. Now, Jackson himself has spoken up about the subject.

Speaking with French outlet Allocine, Jackson explained that (as per translation), he wasn’t involved with the Amazon show - nor was he working on anything with DC Comics.

While the director was unsurprised that his name was brought up, he was clear that he’s not going to be involved with the Lord of the Rings TV show. Another (seemingly unfounded) rumor that Jackson was being considered for a director gig in the DCEU, is also without merit. Jackson denied this as well, going so far as to say that he doesn’t even like comic books, hasn’t read any, and doesn’t care to adapt them. Harsh.

But that has to be taken with a grain of salt. Jackson is notoriously busy, with the fantasy adaptation he’s helped write and produce - Mortal Engines - on its way and a plethora of other projects on his mind. Who has time to stick their fingers in every cinematic pie? Certainly not Jackson. So who do you think should be tapped as showrunner for the Amazon blockbuster series?