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Peter Jackson on Disney's Lucasfilm deal: 'I could see doing it as well'

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Peter Jackson has commented on the sale of George Lucas's Lucasfilm to Disney.

Disney announced its acquisition of Lucas's studio on October 30. The deal includes the production of a new Star Wars sequel, to be released in 2015.

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George Lucas prepares to shoot a scene with Samuel L Jackson's Jedi Mace Windu for Revenge of the Sith.

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Jackson is the founder of his own digital effects company Weta, which has won five Academy Awards for its work on the Lord of the Rings movies, King Kong and Avatar.

The filmmaker told Reuters that he foresees eventually following in Lucas's footsteps by selling Weta.

"I would [sell] if I want to retire at some stage and want to have a nice easy life, which will hopefully happen one day," Jackson said.

"But in the foreseeable future, the fact that I'm an owner of my own digital effects facility is a fantastic advantage for me."

Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood arrive for The Hobbit press conference in Japan.

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Jackson went on to explain that Weta proved to be an invaluable resource during The Hobbit trilogy's production.

"When we asked the studio if we could shoot The Hobbit at 48 frames per second, we promised the budget would be the same," he noted. "But it actually does have a cost implication, because you've got to render twice as many frames and the rendering takes more time.

"The fact that we owned Weta and could absorb that in-house was actually part of the reason we were able to do the 48 frames."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now playing in the US and the UK. Watch a trailer for the film below:


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