Peter Jackson Will Not Direct DOCTOR WHO Episode
Peter Jackson, Doctor Who, The Hobbit
Deadline.com wrote an article today dispelling the rampant rumors that Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) will be directing an upcoming episode of DOCTOR WHO.
Jackson has reportedly been given an "open-ended invitation" to direct an episode, but there are no current plans for him to take the helm, despite him being an ardent fan of the series.
Read the original report here.
The director is hard at work on the second and third parts of The Hobbit trilogy -- The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again -- as well as The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. His past directing credits include King Kong, The Lovely Bones, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Heavenly Creatures and more.
The BBC recently introduced its next 'Doctor' for the cult-status series DOCTOR WHO: Peter Capaldi. Capaldi, who appeared in a previous episode of DOCTOR WHO as 'Caecilius' in 2008, just acted alongside Brad Pitt in World War Z. The show's current 'Doctor' Matt Smith will exit the series after four years this winter. Smith leaves following the the 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special.
DOCTOR WHO's 50th anniversary episode will air on BBC America on Saturday, November 23. The special will be broadcast all around the world at the same time and will see the reunion of Matt Smith's Doctor with David Tennant's tenth. The episode has been sold to 200 countries worldwide. It is estimated the televison event will be watched by more than 100 million viewers, making it the biggest global drama simulcast in history. It will also be shown in cinemas throughout the UK.
Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA's highest-rated series and premieres as part of the channel's Supernatural Saturday programming block.