Guillermo Del Toro has recanted previous statements made to The One Ring late last year about his upcoming prequel two-parter The Hobbit being filmed in 3D. Originally, the director made the following statement, which indicates that neither of the two upcoming films, which are being co-written and produced by Peter Jackson, would be in 3D. Here is what Del Toro had to say:

"As a co-writer and director of this film (who works with the design teams, costume teams, creature teams, VFX teams every day of the week), let me be very clear one more time: we are not talking about 3D, we are NOT writing the screenplay for 3D right now, we are hiring my DoP Guillermo Navarro to shoot the film and we are not discussing 3D with him either or with WETA digital or WB or anyone else. That should be a little less sidestepping, I hope. If after AVATAR the market may change and demands are put upon us, etc that is in the future. But if such things happen and we start discussing 3D down the line, I'll let it be know here at TORN because that's the proper way of doing things. But make no mistake, I've been living in NZ for almost a year now and we have not been discussing 3D. When we do, I'll make sure your source finds out. Thank You, Guillermo."

Now, the director has once again gone back to The One Ring to relay this new message, which states that The Hobbit may be in 3D due to the studio wanting it in that format:

"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.

Cheers

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The Hobbit is still scheduled for release in December of 2011. We will keep you up to date as more information on this story comes in.

B. Alan Orange