Yesterday, Peter Jackson had a live event for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, where he showed footage of the upcoming second installment in his Hobbit trilogy. If you missed the online event, Warner Bros. allowed Jackson to release six minutes of the live stream, which also features fans’ questions about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. There was a hidden Easter egg in the footage that showed a script with a Star Wars: Episode VIII logo on it. Could Peter Jackson be directing the second installment of the new Star Wars trilogy after J.J. Abrams‘ Episode VII, or was this just an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke?
The screen capture can be seen above, and can also be found at the 4:51 mark in the featured video. The Easter egg was found by Twitter user @cycomaniacs and it raises some interesting questions about the second Star Wars movie. But considering that Star Wars: Episode VII isn’t in production yet, this image and speculation could be very premature.
The shot seemed really rehearsed, so this is likely just an April Fool’s Day joke. If it is, Peter Jackson deserves to be congratulated for throwing something like that in the video, knowing that someone would scrub through the footage to find something like this. It is interesting to think about Peter Jackson directing Star Wars: Episode VIII (which would possibly be split into three separate movies and feature Jedis walking for a majority of the film). In many ways, Star Wars is a fantasy film set in outer space, so it would be very easy to see Peter Jackson directing a Star Wars movie.
Watch the six-minute video below and you be the judge, is this an April Fool’s Day joke or are Disney and Lucasfilm really considering Peter Jackson as the director of Star Wars: Episode VIII?