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Peter Jackson's April Fools Joke Was a 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Script?

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April 2, 2013

Peter Jackson Script

So, what would you think if Peter Jackson was directing one of the new Star Wars movies? Because I wouldn't be surprised if Lucasfilm/Disney is trying to make it happen. Hidden in that funky new behind-the-scenes The Desolation of Smaug teaser video released by Peter Jackson yesterday, on April 1st, is what could potentially be a huge movie geek Easter Egg / April Fools joke, or a massive tease at what's to come. Many fans noticed that at one point near the end, around 4:51, Jackson fumbles around his desk for artwork and a Star Wars script briefly falls out. We took a closer look ourselves and it's definitely there. See below!

Here's a screenshot we took directly from the 1080P high def version of the upload, at 4:51 into the video, showing the script and its cover as clearly as I could get it. "Peter Jackson" is written across it along with the title block for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Yes that would be 8, not J.J.'s Episode 7, but the one after that.

Peter Jackson Star Wars Script

As noticed by one of the commenters below, also seen at ~2:39 into the video are a series of scripts on the shelf where the coffee mug is. A whole bunch of them say The Silmarillion on the side, while the others have The Hobbit in various incarnations. There are also Dam Busters, Tintin and a few more seen in there.

Peter Jackson Silmarillion Scripts

I can tell from my own experience that visually at least it's a real script, with the name diagonal across it like that and even the other text below it. However, Jackson is a screenwriter himself and could easily create his own fake version of this kind of script in no time, so it's not all that revealing that it looks completely real. Head to YouTube to see the video yourself. Thanks to GeekTyrant and our commenters for the tip on this.

Then again, what if it is real? We can certainly dream, right? How about that - J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: Episode VII, then Peter Jackson directing Episode VIII. Heck, if they pull that off, who would they get for IX - Steven Spielberg? Wouldn't that be one hell of a line-up of Star Wars directors. Oddly, Jackson doesn't mention anything about Star Wars the entire video, but after watching it multiple times, the setup is too obvious with the script being on top of the art he's grabbing for it to be anything but planted for fans. It's likely nothing but a damn good April Fools Day joke, but an amusing one to consider the reality of at least.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/timmscleary Tim Cleary
    There was also a script for the Silmarillion on the shelf when that guy reached for the mug at 2:39. Well played Mr. Jackson..hehe
    • David Banner
      Ahahaahaha! I didn't spot that one. Also a good one. Maybe there's even more? Someone with free time, go frame by frame please? =)
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Alex Billington
      I've updated the article and added a screenshot of those other scripts as well, thanks to your tip.
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya
      HOW DID YOU ABLE TO READTHAT?!?
  • Gavin
    Damn you Peter Jackson. That was a cruel joke. Damn you.
  • ColtNoir
    pass
  • http://www.stlcardinalbaseball.com/ Ray DeRousse
    If it's an April Fool's joke, it's a pretty obscure one. He's counting on eagle-eyed fans to spot that title within a millisecond for the elaborate joke to work at all.
    • Greg dinskisk
      It IS the internet age...
  • http://www.facebook.com/brad.bourbina Brad Bourbina
    No...please no. I love Star Wars, but I don't think I could handle 3.5 hours of walking through Coruscant or wandering the jungles of Yavin IV. ;)
  • Zanpher
    We can tell from experience that it is a real looking cover of a script .... Claiming it is a real script is trying to do 2014 april fools today ....
  • strider
    "Yes that would be 8, not J.J.'s Episode 7, but the one after that." Ok guy, I think we know how to count.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Alex Billington
      Ha I know, it was just a little blurry, hard to see... in case you couldn't tell (or don't know how to read roman numerals - hey not everyone can!).
  • https://twitter.com/the_flower_tao Jan Hamm
    No one making jokes about how a Jackson-directed EPISODE VIII would be stretched out into a trilogy? Dear internet. I am disappointed.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya
    People have some Falcon vision because I did NOT catch that at all. lol
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    Peter Jackson is better than Star Wars.
  • $126191
    You can't print out a fake script cover? Wow.
  • Hobbs
    Wasn't this vid log a week before April fools? I guess in two or three years we'll know the answer.
  • penis
    the silmarillion scripts are a joke, the tintin ones are real. The hobbit ones are rough drafts. The star wars one could be anything.

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