Peter Jackson says the negative reaction this week over new technology he’s using to shoot The Hobbit won’t hold him back, and he hopes moviegoers will give it a try and judge for themselves.
“Nobody is going to stop,” he said. “This technology is going to keep evolving.”
When Warner Bros. showed off 10 minutes of footage this week at
CinemaCon, the annual convention for theater owners, many attendees
complained that this version of Middle Earth looked more like a movie
set than the atmospheric, textured world seen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
There was a lot of love for Jackson’s storytelling — the scenes of
young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, from the British version of The
Office) battling a trio of goblins, and Ian McKellen’s Gandalf exploring
the tombs of the now-reanimated wringwraiths, received universal
praise. Complaints only centered on the technology used to capture and
project the footage.