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Less blockbusters for Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson has revealed he is planning to go back to his roots after he completes his Hobbit trilogy.

The three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker said he and his collaborator wife Fran are looking to focus on making films about their New Zealand roots in the future, in a similar vein to 1994's Heavenly Creatures, which starred Kate Winslet.

"We have got a few bits and pieces that we are working on, Fran and I," he told the New Zealand Herald.

"The things that we are most excited about are some New Zealand stories. We just want to step off the Hollywood blockbuster thing for a while and we've had a few New Zealand stories in line for a while that we think would make great films. The Heavenly Creatures mode really."

The 51-year-old added: "But one thing has led to another and we have never had time. We've made a conscious decision that in the limited years we have left to make movies to tell some New Zealand stories."

Since making the Lord Of The Rings trilogy in 2001, Peter has mostly made Hollywood movies including King Kong, The Lovely Bones and The Hobbit.

He said his experience with the bigger-budget films have helped him. The second film, The Desolation Of Smaug, will be out on December 13, while the third and final instalment, There And Back Again, follows in December 2014.

"I kind of have a confidence now that I maybe didn't have a few years ago... because you are learning the entire time," he said.

"But I am kind of excited about telling stories. In some respects, in terms of my remaining film-making career, this was a five-year chunk that was kind of taken out of it unexpectedly. My future is five years less than I thought it was."

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