‘Hobbit’ director Peter Jackson making WWI documentary

LONDON — “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson is transforming grainy black-and-white footage of World War I into 3-D colour for a new film.

Jackson’s movie is among dozens of artworks commissioned by British cultural bodies to commemorate a century since the final year of the 1914-18 war.

Jackson has restored archive film from the Imperial War Museum using cutting-edge digital technology and hand coloring.

He says the footage “looks like it was shot in the last week or two, with high definition cameras.”

Organizers of the 14-18 Now project announced Monday that the film will have its premiere during the London Film Festival in October before being broadcast on BBC television. Every school in the U.K. will also receive a copy.

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