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Old December 13 2013, 07:24 PM   #16
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Re: Peter Jackson directing opportunity now "getting serious"

That depends on who'd be flying out to New Zealand - or to the UK for that matter. It's not like they'd bring the TARDIS console room set to NZ to shoot scenes. OTOH, they could build a console set that looked like the inside of a Hobbit hole, just for the occasion. :P

Speaking of which, if they secure a stupidly rich man like Peter Jackson a a director, who's to say that he couldn't open his own pocketbooks to get that extra helicopter shot of Capaldi and company walking over those snow-capped mountains for an extra twenty minutes? Or does the BBC have rules against that sort of thing?

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Old December 13 2013, 07:25 PM   #17
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I'm also thinking that if they do this, they'll release at theaters just like The Day of the Doctor. That proved to be very successful so I'm guessing they'll try it again. And, having Jackson direct a longer story would be the perfect vehicle for that.

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Old December 13 2013, 08:50 PM   #18
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Re: Peter Jackson directing opportunity now "getting serious"

Good to see this is still a real possibility. I certainly hope actually happens.
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Old December 14 2013, 04:41 AM   #19
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I'm not sure I would notice if Peter Jackson directed. If you take away his big budget and WETA, what really makes Jackson's directorial style stand out? When you see a Sam Raimi film, you usually know it's a Sam Raimi film; it has a clear signature style. I just don't see a unique signature in Jackson's work.
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Old December 14 2013, 01:49 PM   #20
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You would know by spotting his inevitable cameo as an extra in the background.
He would probably let himself be blasted by a Dalek.
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Old December 14 2013, 02:24 PM   #21
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TemporalFlux wrote: View Post
I'm not sure I would notice if Peter Jackson directed. If you take away his big budget and WETA, what really makes Jackson's directorial style stand out? When you see a Sam Raimi film, you usually know it's a Sam Raimi film; it has a clear signature style. I just don't see a unique signature in Jackson's work.
Over-long, self-indulgent films in drastic need of editing?

In all seriousness, I'd love to see him direct Doctor Who. If they went to the trouble of shooting in NZ, it would be similar to the US shoot for series 6, so they'd make use of the location for several episodes and a broader arc. I wonder if Weta would be contracted?
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Old December 15 2013, 07:02 AM   #22
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Re: Peter Jackson directing opportunity now "getting serious"

I almost wonder if the Christmas special might be able to be bumped up in budget and length and turned into an annual theatrical release. Christmas Day is already one of the biggest movie-going days of the year, and making it a theatrical release with a bigger budget and more flexible run time might attract some name directors like Jackson.
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Old December 15 2013, 09:36 AM   #23
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I almost wonder if the Christmas special might be able to be bumped up in budget and length and turned into an annual theatrical release. Christmas Day is already one of the biggest movie-going days of the year, and making it a theatrical release with a bigger budget and more flexible run time might attract some name directors like Jackson.
Won't happen.

Doctor Who is a major part of BBC One's broadcast schedule on Christmas Day, plus no one goes to the cinema in the UK on Christmas Day, thus it won't happen.
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Old December 15 2013, 09:49 AM   #24
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Nothing says they can't have a shorter cut for broadcast as well.
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Old December 15 2013, 10:12 AM   #25
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Of course not, but given it's a BBC production, cinemas are just not open on Christmas Day (as they shouldn't be) it will not happen.
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Old December 15 2013, 11:20 AM   #26
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Make it a BBC Worldwide production or a BBCA Coproduction. Problem solved.
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Old December 15 2013, 03:36 PM   #27
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Eh, it makes sense to have the 50 Anniversary in theaters. It makes far sense to make it a regular thing - especially not with the Christmas episode. Yes, Christmas is a busy time in theaters, but that should show you the kind of things Doctor Who would be up against in competition. A one time event in theaters is fun. If I'm spending my Christmas movie money, it's not going to be on Doctor Who. Also, I tend to avoid the theaters on Christmas day like the plague. First, I have other things to do. More importantly, the very fact that it's so busy means it's a nightmare to deal with parking, crowds, etc. If it's a one-day event like the anniversary, that means I'll be skipping it.

Just a bad idea all around.
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Old December 16 2013, 01:09 AM   #28
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I almost wonder if the Christmas special might be able to be bumped up in budget and length and turned into an annual theatrical release. Christmas Day is already one of the biggest movie-going days of the year, and making it a theatrical release with a bigger budget and more flexible run time might attract some name directors like Jackson.
Even assuming such a thing were to happen (and I agree with the above saying it won't ever happen) why would it mean increased budget and length? Day of the Doctor didn't get either. And wouldn't having a special longer cut of the episode shown in theatres and not on TV be a violation of the license fee?

Even if another DW episode got theatrical treatment, all it would be is the exact same episode that airs on TV shown on a theatre screen with maybe a behind the scenes special and those Strax theatre etiquette things. And since UK theatres are apparently not opened on Christmas, that rules out any Christmas specials getting the treatment. Though I suspect that if another episode did get a theatrical screening, it'll probably be the next episode to be considered an event, like Capaldi's first episode.
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Old December 16 2013, 03:51 AM   #29
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Because when you pull in the kind of money that this thing did from a couple days of special screenings someone takes notice and wonders what one with a feature length and feature budget might be able to gross. If it is done as a BBCA or BBCW production I don't think it has the same limits on it as if it is a straight BBC one. Didn't the theaters have additional content anyways with the making of thing and the intro?

Perhaps Christmas isn't the one to do it, but since it is already an annual special it seemed a natural fit to me. Perhaps an Easter special, since it sounds like they're going back to a full fall season.
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Old December 16 2013, 04:07 PM   #30
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Because when you pull in the kind of money that this thing did from a couple days of special screenings someone takes notice and wonders what one with a feature length and feature budget might be able to gross. If it is done as a BBCA or BBCW production I don't think it has the same limits on it as if it is a straight BBC one. Didn't the theaters have additional content anyways with the making of thing and the intro?

And something similar is the only kind of added content any future theatrical screened episodes could have. And they would only be able to get screened on one or two days.

If someone wanted to try to cash in with a full feature length and feature budget production, then the only real option open is to fast-track that rumoured David Yates movie, which would presumably be separate enough from the TV show to avoid any murky ground with the license fees.
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