Toby Emmerich, Kevin Tsujihara, Peter Jackson, Carolyn Blackwood at the “They Shall Not Grow Old” Premiere
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Writer/director Peter Jackson says that Warner Bros. twice offered him the chance to direct Aquaman but he turned them down. In an interview with Empire, the Lord of the Rings helmer said he was courted by then-Warner Bros. studio CEO Kevin Tsujihara twice over a six month span.
“He said, ‘Are you a fan of Aquaman?’ I said, ‘No.’ Six months later: ‘Peter, are you a fan of Aquaman?’ I said, ’No, Kevin, I already told you this’,” Jackson said. “I’m not a superhero guy. I read Tintin… Look, films are hard. I only want to make something that I have a deep passion for.”
It’s unclear when these offers were made or if any formal offers were ever submitted. However, an Aquaman film was in various stages of development by Warner Bros. going as far back as 2004. James Wan was ultimately hired to direct the film, which was released in 2018.