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Peter Jackson is trolling Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings fans at the same time

Peter Jackson is trolling Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings fans at the same time


At least it's not a crossover

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Peter Jackson certainly knows how to wind up his fans. In a video posted to the director's Facebook page, Jackson is seen relaxing at home with his daughter before Peter Capaldi runs in and asks him to sign a mysterious document from Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat. As Stuff points out, the idea of Jackson directing the classic British sci-fi has been teased for years, and in November, Moffat said that Jackson was a "genuine big old Doctor Who fan," adding: "He's mentioned [directing an episode], and then we email him and he doesn't reply." (Something that Jackson alludes to.)

The director doesn't get a chance to sign what is presumably a contract before Capaldi is forced to exit stage right, pursued by Dalek. However, more tantalizing than a Jackson-directed episode of Doctor Who, is the hardback book placed conspicuously on the Jacksons' table: a bookmarked copy of The Silmarillion. For those not familiar, this is a collection of stories written by J. R. R. Tolkien and edited and published by his son, Christopher Tolkien. They flesh out the world of Middle-earth in mythic detail, starting with the creation of the Universe and continuing to the forging of the Rings of Power.

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It's heavy stuff, and there's always been speculation that Jackson would want to adapt this material. However, as the director himself has made clear in the past, it's extremely unlikely right now. Tolkien sold the film rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in the 1960s, but the rights to The Silmarillion are still held by his family, and Christopher Tolkien is no fan of the films. In addition to legal disputes with Hollywood over money, Christopher has said of the The Lord of the Rings adaptation: "They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25."

Still, if this is the case, then why did Jackson choose to leave The Silmarillion in shot? The simplest answer is that he's trolling his fans, but who really knows. After all, I count five pink bookmarks in his copy: one for every film, presumably.