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The Rock-itt : February 2010
giant gorilla) was in production at the time, the studio decided to shelve the project. Instead Jackson won the rights to the film, Lord of the Rings, a novel he had read when he was 17. After hearing his ideas, distributors New Line were immediately attracted to a trilogy. New Lines interest in the three films was continually rewarded with Lord of the Rings widely regarded as the greatest trilogy of all time with the first instalment, 'The Fellowship of the Ring' having a budget of 93 million dollars and grossed over 800 million worldwide picking up four Oscars. Two years late Jackson unveiled the second part of the series, "The Two Towers" which had a budget of 94 million and grossed over 900 million, also bagging two Oscars. And the final chapter of the saga 'Return of the King' dominated the Oscars in 2003 picking up eleven Academy Awards with Jackson snaring his first Best Director and Best Picture awards. It also grossed a ridiculous amount of money, made for 94 million, Return of the King raked in $1,119,110,941 dollars. Universal Studios now returned to the fray, signing Peter Jackson for a second time to remake the 1933 classic King Kong--- the film that inspired him as a boy. He was reportedly being paid a fee of US$20 million upfront, the highest salary ever paid to a film director in advance of production, against a 20 percent take of the box-office rentals (the portion of the price of the ticket that goes to the film distributor, in this case Universal). The film was released on 14 December 2005, and grossed around US$550 million worldwide. Its release on home video and DVD was even bigger, as it set records for a Universal Pictures DVD in sales figures. In 2009 Jackson returned to the directing chair with The Lovely Bones, which is very similar to one of his first films Heavenly Creatures. Jackson is set to concentrate on producing films in the near future after the success of District 9 last year. Jackson is set to look after Tin Tin, directed by Steven Spielberg as well as the video game adaptation of Halo, and the Lord of the Rings prequels 'The Hobbit' which will be headed by Mexican film director, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy Series).