While Peter Jackson is known for his adaptation of Tolkien’s work, he has also been lauded for many other films. What often sets Peter Jackson’s films from most others is that most of his works often exceed the length of most films (King Kong being close to around 187 minutes) but almost never become bland or boring as is often the case with long movies. With expert story-telling, an often cooperative cast and stunning special effects, Peter Jackson is often able to fill every minute of his films with excitement, intrigue and anticipation.
Some of his most notable works of course include The Frighteners, one of Peter Jackson’s first most notable films. Released in 1996, the film centers on Frank Bannister, played by Michael J. Fox, a fraudulent psychic with not so fraudulent psychic powers. After a simple investigation reveals too many peculiarities and leads to an even greater conspiracy involving ghosts, deranged FBI agents and the Grim Reaper, Frank Bannister must find the courage to face the truth of how he first gained his powers and unravel the mystery he has found himself embroiled in.
In 2005, Peter Jackson also directed a remake of the sensation that was King Kong. Faithful to the original film which was released in 1933, it follows the story of aspiring actress Ann Darrow, played by the lovely Naomi Watts and conniving filmmaker Carl Denham as they attempt to make a film in Skull Island, only to encounter the eponymous giant ape in the process.
As of the present however, Peter Jackson has confirmed that he is also planning on producing a new film about the Dam Busters (World War II pilots of Royal Air Force Squadron 617). The planned film is also a remake of the 1955 film of the same name which is also based on the book written by Paul Brickhill. Though there is little information yet on the film such as its release and its actors, it has been stated that Christian Rivers will debut as a director in this film.