Third HOBBIT 3D Movie Announced
A third ‘Hobbit’ film is a go for summer 2014. And on Facebook today we have learned that...
...so soon there will be three, Hobbit movies that is.
Originally, director Peter Jackson had planned two Hobbit films, but after long talks with Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, MGM and a variety or rights holders, it became rather clear that Jackson wanted a trilogy. Cast members have also signed on for the extended trilogy, which will be shot in native stereoscopic 3D.
Peter Jackson Facebooked Today...
In a post on his Facebook page, Jackson said the decision started after he and writing/producing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens watched an early cut of the planned December 2012 release The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. "We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance," he wrote. "The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth."
A summer release for the untitled 3rd chapter in the trilogy is a bit of a surprise, as the first two films are expected to have December 2012 and 2013 releases.
Jackson is shooting all the films with the RED Epic cameras, at 48 frames per second. Since two are paired for 3D, a special mount had to be constructed to put the cameras together. The movies are being shot at 5K resolution, 6 times the resolution of 1080p high resolution video.
Source: A paper by Mel Martin on 3dtv.com.