"Rings" director Peter Jackson moves on to "District 9"

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By John Gaudiosi

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Sci-fi film "District 9" is expected to lure huge crowds to U.S. theaters when it debuts on Friday after drawing throngs of fanboys to previews at last month's Comic-Con pop culture convention in San Diego.

The movie, about aliens on Earth who possess powerful weapons that humans want to control, was co-written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson.

Jackson spoke to Reuters about making movies and adapting books like J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the upcoming "The Lovely Bones" and "The Hobbit" for film:

Q: Tell us about your creative process for making movies.

A: "It starts and finishes with the screenplay because I just believe totally in the script and the need for the script to be solid and secure and to be structured and to be the blueprint that you build the whole film around. Once the script's written, the going out and shooting the movie becomes a process of interpreting the script and working with terrific actors to make it come to life.

"The script is the time I have the most creative freedom. You don't have to worry about the budget, not initially. You don't have to worry about the weather, you don't have to worry if you've got your shot schedule that day. You can write, and take as long as you need. It has less pressure and it has the most creativity. It's a fun part of the process."

Q: How was your process with "District 9" different from what you were used to?

A: ""District 9" was the first time I had ever worked with a degree of improvisation. Normally, we write the dialogue and the actors say the dialogue. And we very carefully fine-tune it. But because Neill wanted "District 9" to have a degree of reality, he wanted it to be almost like a spontaneous, unrehearsed feel. We decided that we were going to have to use actors that improvise a little of the dialogue."   Continued...

<p>Director Peter Jackson arrives at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2006. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>