Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-Earth is a biography of Peter Jackson's making of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, by writer Ian Nathan. It gives a detailed history of the first trilogy from conception to its Oscar-winning and covers every aspect of the productions of both trilogies.

Published by HarperCollins on May 2018, it serves as a distant follow-up to Brian Sibley's Peter Jackson: A Film-maker's Journey (2006).


"The definitive history of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga, Anything You Can Imagine takes us on a cinematic journey across all six films, featuring brand-new interviews with Peter, his cast & crew. From the early days of daring to dream it could be done, through the highs and lows of making the films, to fan adoration and, finally, Oscar glory.LightsA nine-year-old boy in New Zealand’s Pukerua Bay stays up late and is spellbound by a sixty-year-old vision of a giant ape on an island full of dinosaurs. This is true magic. And the boy knows that he wants to be a magician.CameraFast-forward twenty years and the boy has begun to cast a spell over the film-going audience, conjuring gore-splattered romps with bravura skill that will lead to Academy recognition with an Oscar nomination for Heavenly Creatures. The boy from Pukerua Bay with monsters reflected in his eyes has arrived, and Hollywood comes calling. What would he like to do next? ‘How about a fantasy film, something like The Lord of the Rings…?’ActionThe greatest work of fantasy in modern literature, and the biggest, with rights ownership so complex it will baffle a wizard. Vast. Complex. Unfilmable. One does not simply walk into Mordor – unless you are Peter Jackson.Anything You Can Imagine tells the full, dramatic story of how Jackson and his trusty fellowship of Kiwi filmmakers dared take on a quest every bit as daunting as Frodo’s, and transformed JRR Tolkien’s epic tale of adventure into cinematic magic, and then did it again with The Hobbit. Enriched with brand-new interviews with Jackson, his fellow filmmakers and many of the films’ stars, Ian Nathan’s mesmerising narrative whisks us to Middle-earth, to gaze over the shoulder of the director as he creates the impossible, the unforgettable, and proves that film-making really is ‘anything you can imagine’."
From the publisher

Table of contents

  1. Sillification (previous attempts to adapt the book)
  2. An Unexpected Director (Jackson's previous movies)
  3. Many Meetings (finding a financier)
  4. Words and Pictures (script and visualizing Middle-earth)
  5. Concerning Hobbits (casting of the hobbits)
  6. Heavenly Creatures (casting of the rest of the Fellowship)
  7. Jamboree (principal photography)
  8. Miramar's Mecca of Merry Souls (Weta Workshop)
  9. Proof of Concept
  10. The Monsters and the Critics
  11. To the Edge of the World
  12. Junkie
  13. MASSIVE
  14. Return to the Edge of the World
  15. The Music of Middle-earth
  16. King of a Golden Hall
  17. Legacy of the Ring
  18. There and Back Again
  19. Augmented Reality
  • Afterword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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