After previously debunking rumors that The Hobbit is going to be in 3D, director Guillermo del Toro is now telling us that the powers that be have spoken and they want the movie to go the currently in-vogue stereoscopic route.
As per usual - although usually he's debunking out of control rumors not confirming them - del Toro posted this news on TheOneRing.net. It's a short (and sweet?) message where he states that talks have taken place about The Hobbit being in 3D. I'll just let del Toro do the talking - here's exactly what he posted:
I wouldn't read much on it just yet, but now, after all this time, after AVATAR doing the Box Office it did, we have had enquires from above about The Hobbit being in 3-D.
No impositions or heavy leaning. Just enquires. Just fulfilling my promise to let you all know if discussions ever started.
Of course del Toro makes a point to say that we shouldn't read too much into it basically telling us not to go off proclaiming that The Hobbit definitely WILL end up being in 3D. But nonetheless, this confirms that the studio is talking about it and frankly I'm disappointed.
I don't want to harp on about what I don't like about 3D movies (one more time: I hate it when it's used as a superficial gimmick), so I'll just say I would much rather The Hobbit be in 2D to go hand-in-hand with its counterpart, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As del Toro says, because Avatar was such a monumental success ($2.4 billion and counting!), talks of The Hobbit being in 3D were pretty much inevitable.
Having said that, if they shoot in 3D from the start (the 'proper way') instead of going the Clash of the Titans route and converting it to 3D in post-production; if they can use the technology to immerse us in the world of The Hobbit then it could work out well. It worked for Avatar (at least most folks think so) and planet Pandora, so why not Middle Earth?
But I guess those are just words of a 3D skeptic trying to look at the bright side of life :P . What do YOU think: Do you like the idea of The Hobbit being in 3D? Or should they keep it in 2D like the LOTR trilogy? Let us know in the comments below.
Screen Rant will keep you posted as to whether these 3D Hobbit talks actually amount to anything or not. Remember: a 3D Hobbit is not yet set in stone.
The possibility of delays aside, The Hobbit Part 1 is set to hit theaters in December, 2011, with Part 2 following a year later in December, 2012.