Peter Jackson Provides an Interesting Update on Temeraire
The first time, and only time, we've ever written about this Temeraire adaptation was way, way back in 2006. It was announced back then that Peter Jackson would be adapting Naomi Novik's Temeraire series of novels. But since then its been three years and we haven't heard anything about this adaptation until now. Quint from AICN caught up with Jackson and asked him for an update. He describes the Temeraire novels as "Master and Commander with dragon attacks." It's a character driven action fantasy, the perfect kind of story for Jackson to bring to life on the big screen soon (while Guillermo del Toro is directing The Hobbit).
Before getting into some ideas, Jackson suggested that he'd love to see Temeraire made as a "large budget mini-series." He explains: "I can't see any degree of common sense in trying to mount them one at a time as feature films. To me the stories, having read the first ones, already work as this continuing, on-going saga." The Temeraire series currently spans five novels, the last of which was published in 2008, although author Naomi Novik says there still may four more books out before it concludes. Jackson continues his thoughts:
"So my thinking is… and I'm talking to you here having absolutely no plans in place, no deal in place… and I wouldn't. What I would do is I'd start developing the treatment, I'd start to break the storylines down to see if we can structure it in that way. I've already started to do designs. I've had Weta Workshop do a lot of work on designing the characters… the dragons… I've been working with Gus Hunter on the designs. We're well underway creating the visual look.
In 2010 one of the things I'll be doing is looking at starting the scripting process and structuring and using it to see if we can't set the project up in that way because I think that'd be the best to serve the story."
The novels are works of both fantasy and alternate history: they are "a reimagining of the epic events of the Napoleonic Wars with an air force -- an air force of dragons, manned by crews of aviators." I haven't read any of the books, but they do sound awesome. And as much as I'd love to see them turned into a feature film (just because the production value needs to be top-notch), if Jackson can make a mini-series out of this that still has the same production values as a full-on feature, I'd want to watch that, too. There's something about seeing Peter Jackson bring dragons to life in the Napoleonic Wars that makes me smile with excitement.
You can read Quint's interview with Jackson over on AICN. Are there any fans of this series out there that agree that this would be the best way to adapt Temeraire? Or should Jackson just adapt this as feature film?