Source: Coming Soon
attended the District 9
screening, where the film's producer, Peter Jackson
, had a hefty Q&A afterward.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- District 9
was advertised as being a low budget film, but it doesn't look like one at all. Between major CGI scenes and heavy action, this looked like a very expensive film. However, Peter Jackson confirmed it cost only $30 million. That's astounding considering what we saw. The low cost of filming in South Africa, the use of an effects house in Vancouver for all the aliens shots, and no big name actors kept the cost down.
- All the aliens in District 9
were CGI. They had some practical ones made for closeups, but they opted to go entirely CGI.
- Since District 9
was low budget, they decided to cut loose on the action and get the hard R rating on the gore and killed humans.
- The script for The Hobbit
is 3 weeks away from having a first draft. No casting has been done yet because they need to finish the script first. But they have discussed thoughts on casting. He stated that they are writing standout personalities for the dwarves and they are still evolving. He anticipated 4 or 5 standouts among them and mentioned that the actors who will portray them will have quite a physical challenge with the makeup and shooting on locations. Jackson said he had such an easy time slipping back into Middle Earth that he almost regretted handing over the directing reigns!
- Steven Spielberg
just finished his first cut of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
. Jackson will be heading home after Comic-Con and will see it for the first time. He has not started a script for the second film yet. The Tintin stories he's eyeing are "The Seven Crystal Balls"
and "The Prisoners of the Sun."
- Jackson showed some assembled footage for The Lovely Bones
, opening December 11th. The full trailer will be released online August 6th and will appear on prints of Julie & Julia