Peter Jackson reveals The Hobbit triggered nightmares

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

Award-winning film-maker Peter Jackson has revealed he suffered endless nightmares while filming 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'.

Peter Jackson suffered endless nightmares while making 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'.

The award-winning film-maker admits the intense pressure of creating a big Hollywood movie causes him to suffer unpleasant dreams - but he insists they disappear as soon as filming finishes.

Speaking at the London press conference for the new film - which features Orlando Bloom and Martin Freeman - earlier today (02.12.14), the 53-year-old director shared: "Every time I make a movie, the first day I start shooting, I start having a recurring nightmare every single night. I'm lying in bed and there's a film crew surrounding the bed, waiting for me to tell them what to do. And I don't quite know what movie I'm actually making.

"I'm not sure... I don't even think there's a script and they're all there wanting to have information from me. I'm in bed - I'm tired, I'm exhausted and I can barely think straight.

"This is the truth: that nightmare starts on the clock, every night, on the first day of shooting and goes through until the last day of shooting.Then it stops. It's hell. But it stops, it does stop."

What's more, Peter reaffirmed his position that he won't be making any more films based on the books by J. R. R. Tolkien, explaining that there are legals issues preventing him from doing so.

He said: "The Tolkien estate owns the writings of Professor Tolkien - 'The Hobbit' and the 'Lord of the Rings' were sold by Professor Tolkien in the late 60s. So they are the only two works of his that have ever been sold.

"Without the co-operation of the Tolkien estate, there can't be more films."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 144 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood
  • UK release: 12 December 2014

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.


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