Temeraire  (TBA)

Directed by: Peter Jackson

U.S. Opening Date: TBA



Movie directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong) based on the Temeraire series of fantasy novels by author Naomi Novik.

The series is set during an alternate history version of the Napoleonic Wars, in which dragons not only exist but are used as a staple of aerial warfare in Asia and Europe. The dragons of the story are portrayed as sentient and intelligent, capable of logical thought and human speech.

The series centers primarily on events involving Temeraire (the titular dragon) and his handler, Will Laurence. The first book of the series centers on how Laurence, formerly a Captain in the Royal Navy, becomes Temeraire's handler, and their early training in preparation for battles against Napoleon's aerial fleet.

The training of Temeraire and Laurence is rushed so that their unit can assist the navy in preventing a French invasion while the veteran dragon units are sent to assist in the Battle of Trafalgar. Accordingly, the British win that engagement, although Horatio Nelson survives, one of the deviations from our history the series takes. Rather than a tactical blunder, Trafalgar turns out to be a Napoleonic ploy to leave Britain vulnerable to the world's first aerial assault . . .

Incidentally, to confuse matters the first book in the series was published as His Majesty's Dragon in the States and as Temeraire in the UK. Since the book’s publication four sequels - Throne of Jade (2006), Black Powder War (2006), Empire of Ivory (2007) and Victory of Eagles (2008) – followed. The author divulged at a book signing that the fantasy / alternate history series will consist of nine books in all. - Source: Wikipedia


Peter Jackson quietly acquired the movie rights to all the Temeraire books – both published and unpublished – in 2006 and went on to direct . . . The Lovely Bones!

However now that Lovely Bones has wrapped up and is set for a December 2009 release date, Internet speculation is rife again that Temeraire is going to be Jackson’s next project as director. That is, if his work as producer on the Rings “prequel” The Hobbit isn’t going to keep him too busy. (The Hobbit by the way is definitely going ahead now that New Line studio has settled its legal issues with the Tolkien estate over the profits for the Lord of the Rings movies.)

Time will tell if Jackson will actually get round to directing Temeraire. But we can easily picture Jackson directing a three-hour long epic about dragons in the Napoleonic era, a sort of Eragon meets Master & Commander. (Or maybe not . . .)


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