Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham have been nominated for a Producers Guild of America Award. Peter was previously nominated in 2003 for ‘The Two Towers’, and eventually won in 2004 for ‘Return of the King’. He is up against: “Avatar”, “An Education”, “The Hurt Locker”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “Invictus”, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”, “Star Trek”, “Up” & “Up in the Air”.

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Fran Walsh, left, Peter Jackson and Carolynne CunninghamFive years ago, while Peter Jackson was immersed in directing his large-scale remake of “King Kong” for Universal, executive Mary Parent mentioned a project the studio was developing based on the wildly popular video game “Halo.”

Jackson was intrigued. He loved to play “Halo” with his two teenage children; his special effects company, New Zealand-based WETA, seemed perfect to handle the FX; and a 15% tax rebate made a Kiwi shoot ideal for Universal and co-financier Fox. So Jackson agreed to produce, alongside his lifetime partner Fran Walsh and their colleague Carolynne Cunningham. Jackson would not direct, but he would find a promising young helmer to work under his supervision. When Parent suggested Neill Blomkamp, based on a short film of his she’d seen, the South Africa-born filmmaker left his home in Vancouver and flew to meet the Jackson team. More..