Jackson announces re-make of 'The Dam Busters' By New Zealand correspondent Peter Lewis
New Zealand's Academy-award winning director, Peter Jackson, is going back-to-the-future for his next major movie project.
It is a re-make of the 1954 British black and white classic, The Dam Busters.
Jackson got his start in the movie business making horror films before focussing on the classics, his Oscar-winning trilogy, Lord of the Rings, followed up by a re-make of King Kong.
Now he has set his sights on retelling the story of Barnes Wallis, who developed the bouncing bombs, and Wing Commander Guy Gibson and the crews of the RAF's 617 squadron, who dropped them onto German dams with such devastating effect in World War II.
Jackson says the re-make will be as close to the spirit of the original as possible and filming will begin next year.
He will produce, while his protege, Christian Rivers, will direct after winning a special effects Oscar for King Kong.
Meantime, figures show the film industry now rivals horticulture and forestry in its contribution to the New Zealand economy, last year generating revenue of $2.2 billion.
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