Jackson to shoot Hobbit in 3D
Peter Jackson has confirmed he is to shoot The Hobbit in 3D after investing in brand new 3D technology.
The New Zealand director has announced he will be shooting the two-part film - which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins - using Red Digital Cinema's soon-to-be-released Epic Digital Cameras, which claim to have the "highest dynamic range of any digital cinema camera ever made".
Jim Jannard, the owner and founder of Red, flew to New Zealand earlier this year with members of his team so that Peter could test the Epic cameras.
Peter has a long history with Red, dating back to when he directed the short film Crossing The Line as a very early test of prototype Red One cameras.
He said: "I'm not a scientist or mathematician, but the image Red produces has a much more filmic feel than most of the other digital formats.
"It is a fantastic tool, the Epic not only has cutting edge technology, incredible resolution and visual quality, but it is also a very practical tool for film makers."
Guillermo del Toro, who was forced to step down from directing the project due to production delays, said in an interview earlier this month "I myself was not interested in shooting The Hobbit in 3D."
Meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen, who has yet officially signed up to play wizard Gandalf in the films, has updated the Hobbit page on his official website.
Ian has added details including that the project will start shooting for a year beginning next February, giving fans hope he will be on board.