There are some directors who have the vision to take on projects with an epic scale. One of those directors has always been Peter Jackson. Jackson first made a name for himself in horror films “Bad Taste” and “Dead Alive” in the 1980s and 1990s. After “Heavenly Creatures” in 1994, there was hope Jackson could become a prestige filmmaker. He delivered on that from 2001-2003 with “The Lord of the Rings,” culminating with the Oscar behemoth “Return of the King,” which won 11 Oscars. Jackson’s continued to make films with epic scales, from “King Kong” to “The Hobbit” trilogy. Since 2014, he’s been working on a documentary about World War I. Now “They Shall Not Grow Old” is set for a London Film Festival World Premiere.
According to Deadline, the film will screen as a special presentation at the BFI London Film Festival. Jackson will be in attendance for a Q & A about the film after it’s screening on October 16th. The film was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, an arts commission for World War I projects in the UK. Jackson gained access to never before seen video and special audio recordings from the time. Jackson was able to colorize the images and add 3D elements to help bring the film to life.
With Jackson’s reputation in Hollywood and around the world, “They Shall Not Grow Old” is sure to draw interest. With a clear connection to the work, this might be Jackson’s best work in some time. The extra 3D elements and colorization, it will certainly be unique. The question is whether it will release in America in time for Oscar because it could certainly draw the attention of the Academy.