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UPDATED: Oh, Christ! Peter Jackson Back to Horror?

Oh, Christ! Peter Jackson Back to Horror?While the mainstream may know Peter Jackson from a series of small low-budget films like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, horror fans know him from his very roots as a filmmaker when he was turning out fare like Bad Taste and Dead Alive. It was an amazing time to be a fan back then, and if all goes well, we may just be revisiting those glory days once more!

Slash Film quoted writer Stephen Fry’s recent conversation with British radio host Simon Mayo in which Fry, who just finished collaborating with Jackson on a recent project, told Mayo that the Academy Award-winning director is kicking around the idea of making a horror movie involving time-traveling Nazi zombies who are looking to stop the birth of Christ, called, appropriately enough, The Christ Must Die.

Jackson’s wife and co-writer, Fran Walsh, would of course be involved as well. Let’s file this one under rumor for now, but goddamn, this could be sweet! Hit the link above to read the full article.

*UPDATE*: As we rather expected, this was just some wishful thinking. EW.com traded emails with Jackson’s manager, Ken Kamins, who said, “It sounds like an April Fool’s joke. Peter and Fran are working diligently on The Hobbit for the foreseeable future.” Damn!

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  • Didn’t See It Coming

    I love Jackson so I’m on board, but if this is true, the concept is lame. At least the way it’s described here.

  • The Woman In Black

    I’m pretty skeptical if this is really something in the works or just an offhand joke by Jackson that’s getting blown up. Either way, though, the more pissed off Fundamentalists, the better I say!

    • Gus Bjork

      Pissing off the ‘charismatics’ is a blast. But why would Nazi’s want to kill Christ? They manhandled Christianity quite well, with some notably exceptions.

      I agree though that it’s probably just a flippant remark taken too seriously. My guess is Jackson is making fun of the glut of zombies and nazi zombie projects flying right and left. It’s just a shitty idea for a movie whatever your beliefs.

      And is it just me or is the new and improved thin Peter Jackson a sinister looking guy? I would think twice about going up to his ice-cream truck if he drove by my house.

  • PelusaMG

    Prepare for the wrath of Fundamentalists!

    • FilmCritic3000

      Yep. But controversy sells tickets.