Peter Jackson has poured cold water on remarks made by Peter Hillary, son of mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, that the film director is planning a movie about his father's famous ascent of Mount Everest.
Peter Hillary told a Sydney journalist yesterday he had approached Jackson to discuss a film based on the historic 1953 climb.
" I went along and spoke to Peter Jackson to talk about a biographical feature film about Dad basically climbing Mt Everest," Mr Hillary said.
"It was at the time he (Jackson) was starting the Lord of the Rings and he said he had rather a lot on his plate at the time but he thought he might look at it at some other stage."
But a spokesman for Jackson dismissed Mr Hillary's claims.
"He's making a mountain out of a very small molehill," the spokesman told the Dominion Post.
While the conversation may have taken place, Jackson's company Wingnut Films was "in no way affiliated" with a film about Sir Edmund's ascent of Mt Everest.
"I'm not sure what they've got in the pipeline after King Kong, but it's not an Edmund Hillary movie." New Zealand writer Tom Scott has already written the screenplay for the film, the Australian Associated Press reported.