Peter Jackson promises he will bring something special during the panel of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" at this year's Comic-Con. After receiving mixed reviews for introducing a 48 frames per second footage of the film during last April's CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Jackson decides to treat fans to something different at the San Diego convention.
"There is a huge audience waiting to see 'The Hobbit' and any positive press from Comic-Con will truthfully have little impact on that," the New Zealand filmmaker tells Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex. "However, as we saw at CinemaCon earlier this year, with our 48 frames per second presentation, negative bloggers are the ones the mainstream press runs with and quotes from."
Revealing that he will bring a conventional 24fps reel to Comic-Con instead of showing another 48fps footage, Jackson says, "I decided to screen the 'Hobbit' reel at Comic-Con in 2D and 24 frames per second, so the focus stays firmly with the content and not the technical stuff." He adds, "If people want 3D and 48fps, that choice will be there for them in December."
When asked about what fans could expect from "The Hobbit" panel at Comic-Con, the 50-year-old director coyly answers, "We've all loved returning to Middle-earth and now look forward to fans stepping back into this world with us."
During the chat with Hero Complex, Jackson also dishes on his experience in filming two "The Hobbit" movies compared to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He explains, "As slight as people think the 'Hobbit' novel is, compared to the 'Lord of the Rings' books, we have been surprised at how rich the world is, and how many interesting themes and characters there are to explore."
"We are also using extensive parts of the appendices which where published at the end of 'Return of the King'. This is not just 'The Hobbit' - it's 'The Hobbit' set in a much greater context of events taking place throughout Middle-earth during this period. The material is sor rich. In fact only this last week or two, we;ve been talking to the studio about allowing us to shoot some additional material next year, to fully complete the story."
Before hitting the U.S. cinemas on December 14, "The Hobbit" will go to Hall H at Comic-Con during a Warner Bros. Pictures panel at 2:30-5:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 14.