Peter Jackson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Career and Awards.
For movie buffs and film aficionados, Peter Jackson is the real ‘King Kong’ of filmmaking. He is the director of the world renowned films such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy and ‘King Kong’. The bug of filmmaking bit Jackson when he was very young.
Peter Jackson was born to immigrant English parents – Joan and William Jackson. While his mother was a factory worker cum housewife, his father was a wages clerk.
Since his childhood days, he has a strong affinity towards films and filmmaking. An avid movie buff, he started making short films as a child.
Films like ‘King Kong’, ‘Casinos’, ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Waterloo’ inspired him as a child.
Ever since watching ‘King Kong’ he long aspired to make a remake of the same. At the age of 12, he did make a first attempt at the same using a puppet.
His most impressive filmmaking during this phase included the special prize winning short film, ‘The Dwarf Patrol’. In it, he first employed special effects which later on became a key feature in most of his films.
He gained his formal education from Kapiti College but dropped out of the same when he was sixteen, to pursue his film hobby.
- His first ever professional vocation was as a photographic lithographer at a local newspaper. He worked in the profile for about seven years.
- Within a short span of time, he saved enough money to buy a state-of-art camera. He employed the one-day off from work to begin shooting his own film.
- What essentially started out to be a short film eventually turned into a full-fledged 90-minutes comedy feature film titled Bad Taste. Four years and finance from the New Zealand Film Commission later, ‘Bad Taste’ was released in 1987 at the Cannes Film Festival.
- After his debut work, he started working on film scripts along with established names from the film industry.
- ‘Meet The Feebles’ was his next venture which released in 1989. The movie, a musical comedy, is a black satirical fare that was originally intended to be a short film for television. It was also the first film with special effects team Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger.
- The second part of the trilogy titled ‘The Two Towers’ was released in 2002. The film gained massive success and won similar critical and commercial acclaim as it forerunner.
- The last and final film of the series came in 2003 titled ‘Return of the King’. With a box office collection exceeding the $1 billion mark, it became the top grossing film of all time. The film made a clean sweep at the Academy Awards winning all of the 11 nominations.
- Finally in 2005, he realized his childhood dream and his reason to venture forth in the vocation of film direction by coming up with a remake of the 1933 classic film, ‘King Kong’. The film was a huge success and was soon enlisted in the 50 top grossing films of the year. Furthermore, it bagged four wins at the Academy Awards.
- In 2009, he came up with an adaptation of the Alice Sebold’s bestseller, ‘The Lovely Bones’. It dwelled on the themes of fantasy and murder and had some similarities to his prior work, ‘Heavenly Creatures’.
- He was one of the producers of the Steven Spielberg movie, ‘The Adventures of Tintin’. In the earlier days, he even doubled up with Spielberg as its director as well. The film was a major success at the box office.
- His involvement in The Hobbit series has been a point of controversy since its evolution. He was initially roped in as a writer and an executive producer but went on to serve as the director after Guillerodel Toro dropped out of the same.
- In 2012, it was announced that the Hobbit series which was initially intended for a two-movie instalment would be made into a trilogy. The plot of the movie would expand the Hobbit story further by using material from the Lord of The Rings Appendixes.
His long list of exemplary work till date has been bestowed with a number of prestigious awards and honors including three Academy Awards, three Australian Film Institute Awards, four British Academy Film Awards and one Golden Globe Award.
Other awards received by him include one Critics Choice Award, one Director’s Guild of America Award, three New Zealand Film and TV Awards, one Producer’s Guild of America Awards and four Saturn Awards.
In 2002, he was made a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit.
Later in 2010, he was promoted to the rank of the Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his outstanding contribution to films.
In 2012, he was bestowed with New Zealand’s highest honour as he was appointed to the Order of New Zealand.
As of October 2020, Peter Jackson has an estimated net worth of more than $550 million. He made this fortune by making several movies in his career. His films have spared huge at the box office, and he has successfully made many epic movies.
There has been a steep increase in his net worth over the past few years. He is the owner of the production company Wingnut Films. Additionally, he owns ten luxury cars, and his movie remuneration is an estimated $12 million.