Yesterday was April Fools' Day, and it was also the day Peter Jackson revealed a little video Q&A piece regarding his next Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But during the video, at around the 4:51 mark, Jackson accidentally knocks some papers out of his desk and out drops a script for Star Wars: Episode VIII, which would be the second film planned in the upcoming sequel trilogy (J.J. Abrams is directing the first, Episode VII). In all likelihood, this was Jackson's April Fools' joke on all of us--we don't even think there's a script for Episode VIII yet, let alone one that Jackson would have and/or reveal during a video blog for another movie from another studio.
Yet, what's funny about this particular joke is that we could see this becoming a reality. Why wouldn't Disney want someone with Jackson's imagination and fantasy experience to tackle a Star Wars movie? On a list of potential candidates, Jackson's name has to be up there. Plus, he'd be done with his Hobbit movies by the time Episode VIII is ready to go.
It's a good prank because it makes sense. It's a fun prank because we love talking about it. It's a smart prank because you do everything you can to try to convince yourself that it might not be a prank. Even as I write this there's a lingering feeling that while it's not a real script, it may be Jackson's way of teasing his next project. Or a way of gauging fan interest in his directing a Star Wars movie in general.
What do you think?
[Thanks to Firstshowing for the pic]