Peter Jackson is a film director who has won several Academy Awards (and the fealty of Nerd Patrols everywhere) by directing the Lord of the Rings movies. Audiences love him, eager to pay $10 to watch short, girly-looking men walking around for three hours.
His adaptations also greatly impressed the ghost of J.R.R. Tolkien, who doesn't remember writing most of what happens in the movies.
His next project is rumored to be an epic, multimillion dollar adaptation of See Spot Run.