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Director Jackson to open museum

Director Peter Jackson is putting his energy into helping launch a museum to commemorate World War One after finishing his Hobbit movie trilogy.

If he has any plans for future blockbusters, he is not saying. Jackson (inset) was speaking at his New Zealand post-production facility where he was helping host an event to promote the local film industry.

The director is a World War One history buff who owns a number of planes from the era. He said the plan for the museum in Wellington was to open during April to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli battle.

He said more galleries would be opened over the coming four years to mark other battles in which New Zealanders fought.

The New Zealand Herald reported that Jackson had been recruited by the government to curate the museum, and he was expected to gather aircraft, tanks and other artifacts from private and public collections.

"That's where most of my time is now, which is good," Jackson said. "It's fun and it's free. The exhibits will be very, very interesting, and I'm enjoying it."

Jackson said he was also enjoying getting some rest after finishing the Hobbit, though he was not entirely done because he was still working on an extended DVD version.