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Jackson Planning Dragon TV Series?

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Dec 09, 2009 | 4:04am EST

Director Peter Jackson is rethinking plans to turn dragon adventure books Temeraire into a money-spinning movie franchise, because he's convinced the stories would be better told as a TV series.

The Lord of the Rings filmmaker purchased the rights to author Naomi Novik's fantasy novels in 2006 with a view to turning the stories into movies. Five of the books have already been released, while Novik has promised a further four tales to wrap up the series.

But Jackson is having second thoughts about the daunting project and could take Temeraire to the small screen instead.

He tells AintItCool.com, "I can't see any degree of common sense in trying to mount them one at a time as feature films. To me the stories, having read the first ones, already work as this continuing, ongoing saga, so I'm thinking 'Is there a marketplace out there yet for a large budget mini-series?'

"...I'm thinking is there actually a market out there that'd give us the budget to do this properly and allow us to shoot this as a six, seven or eight part series where we have freedom, we have great production values and are able to tackle it as the epic saga that it deserves?"

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