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Rumor: Peter Jackson To Direct The Hobbit In 3D?!

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December 1, 2007
Source: MarketSaw

Peter Jackson and The Hobbit

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?

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  • Keith
    Good Idea: Peter Jackson is directing The Hobbit. In 3D. And its split in two. Bad Idea: ... As far as the LOTR trilogy being re-released in 3D, that could be interesting, but 2012 seems so soon, I wish they'd wait a bit. But it is perfect timing to go along with the release of The Hobbit, so meh. But this could all just be a rumor, in which case, I spent too much time on this comment.
  • Richard
    This is what I want, the Hobbit 2D, not shot so that every seen had been directed for made for a 3D experience like Beowulf. Yes I liked Beowulf in 3D but I don't think I would have liked it as much in 2D which mean, the story is what is important not the way I see it. That said, Hobbit in 2d part 1 and 2 re-release it later in 3D along with all the LOTR movies. I want the Hobbit experience just like I loved the LOTR experience and I want it to eb seperate from any 3D experience.

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