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Peter Jackson at the premiere of the The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in Wellington.

Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961, Pukerua Bay) is a New Zealand-born filmmaker best-known as the director of the epic and most successful film trilogy of all time The Lord of the Rings, which he, along with his long time partner, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens adapted from the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. He is also famous for his very successful remake of King Kong.

With his massive successes and innovative film-making, Jackson is now considered to be at the very top on the new generation of motion picture directors. Peter Jackson has even been described as the new Steven Spielberg of the present generation, and the combination of his unmatched commercial successes, along with the critical acclaim he has garnered, have made Jackson one of the most powerful film directors of the present era.

His current project is the film version of Alice Sebold's bestseller, The Lovely Bones, which he will be writing and directing.

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