Stephen Fry is Writing Peter Jackson's Dambusters Remake?

October 19, 2009


Peter Jackson has been a very busy man recently. Not only did he produce and help successfully release District 9 this summer, but he's finishing up the last bit of work on The Lovely Bones, due out in December. He's also been helping direct The Adventures of Tintin with Steven Spielberg and, let's not forget, writing and preparing The Hobbit to shoot with Guillermo del Toro. However, according to a new report on Ain't It Cool News tonight, there's another project he's been working on - Dambusters, the remake of classic 1955 war film directed by Michael Anderson. And if all goes well, it may be the very next project he directs.

AICN has a report from a reader (which makes me a bit worried about the accuracy of this) who attended a charity event with English actor/writer/comedian Stephen Fry. During the Q&A, Fry apparently revealed that Peter Jackson's Dambusters remake "was in pre-production" and that Fry himself was actually writing the screenplay. He also said that Jackson had already created (and built?) the Lancaster Bombers down in New Zealand in order to prepare for shooting. No dates were mentioned, but this is a lot information that we haven't ever heard before, which is why I'm both excited by this news and a bit unsure of it being true.

Jackson also has another project called Temeraire - the one about dragons - in the works as well. That one also seems to have been in development long enough for it to be Jackson's next project following The Lovely Bones. Then again, he has been talking about Dambusters for a while, and if he has indeed already created planes for use in the movie, then it sounds like that's what he'll be jumping into next all the while Guillermo del Toro is directing The Hobbit (or so it seems)? As for Stephen Fry writing, I'd rather have him star in it than write it, but I'm sure he'll do a good job anyway. We'll let you when we have an update on Dambusters.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Excellent! Hopefully it wont be turned into some US revisionist crap where the RAF are changed for the US Airforce saving the world!

ConnachtFan on Oct 19, 2009


good start ... let's see - surprise us if the director

MarKus on Oct 19, 2009


Well.... During a Television series he recently made (Last Chance To See, check it out on, Steven Fry had a face to face meeting with Peter Jackson, in front of a Lancaster Bomber, at Weta Workshop! This seems to have a grain of truth, methinks.

ultim8 on Oct 19, 2009


Peter Jackson is NOT directing Dambusters. Christian Rivers, longtime PJ collaborator and Academy Award winner, is directing the movie according to WETA -

Andreas Climent on Oct 19, 2009

5 Here is the proof, here is the Lancaster Mock-up. This is happening. Weta workshops has never been busier.

cinemabandit on Oct 19, 2009

6 from June last year has the Fry news. and of course comment 5 the mock up Lancaster Bombers

Miyagi on Oct 19, 2009


Let's hope they changed the name of the dog in the film since the first movie. Otherwise we'll have Harry Connick Jr. on his soapbox again.

snickers on Oct 19, 2009


What a sniffy peice of 'journalism'. Just because you hear something from a mere reader you have to pour scorn all over it. This is not news, has been common knowledge for months, and is all over the Web. There is plenty of footage from proper journalists interviewing many of the advisors, Stephen Fry, and Peter Jackson about the film, not to mention the huge replica Lancaster bomber that has been made. Come on, Google is your friend.

Yellow Pinkie on Nov 24, 2009


this true story of how the British attacked German dams in WW2 by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. It will be awesome movie

affilrev on Jan 15, 2010

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