Rumor: Peter Jackson To Direct The Hobbit In 3D?!
Wait, what?! This rumor comes out of left field from a blog on all things 3D called MarketSaw that claims that not only is Peter Jackson back on directing The Hobbit, but that it'll be in 3D! Apparently the film will split into two movies instead of leaving it in one. They claim that their source is 100% reliable, although we're going to say this is just a rumor until the studio or Jackson himself confirms it. The whole debacle with New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson (read about it here if you don't know) has been so crazy that nothing is confirmed until it comes from the mouth of someone at the studio or Jackson.
The report goes on to say that Lord of the Rings is also being converted into 3D and being re-released in theaters sometime between 2012 and 2014. Thus the release years they would be aiming for with The Hobbit are 2010 and 2011 and following that up with Lord of the Rings in 3D right after in 2012. To be honest, that makes sense and I like the idea of seeing the very first intro story (The Hobbit) before going into the Lord of the Rings yet again in 3D. However, my brain is swirling just thinking about 2010, not to mention 2012 or 2014. Right now I'd rather just worry about getting through 2008 and working on what's coming out in 2009…
First things first, spitting up The Hobbit into two movies is almost inevitable and pretty much dead on perfect. I'd rather savor that story in two lengthy movies than just putting it out and have it done in just one. Plus New Line is going to milk it for as much money as they can and one very strong way to do that is split up.
As for 3D, I can't stop it if that's the way they're going. I'd prefer to have it just in regular 2D, but if the technology is right, which it may be, then go for it. I'm wondering if Jackson is considering using James Cameron's rig for Avatar, as the timing's right and it's been mentioned numerous times that Jackson has stopped by to check it all out. Personally, I feel like if I go back and watch Lord of the Rings in 3D it will ruin the experience, so I'm a bit worried.
If you have a desire to catch up on all things regarding The Hobbit, Peter Jackson, and New Line, make sure you read this Entertainment Weekly article from back in October. It doesn't have anything about this rumor, but it is a great article on the whole situation, which makes me wonder if this can be real or not. Until we figure out if this is confirmed or not, I think it's best to pose the question to all of you: good idea or bad idea?