In March, then-director Guillermo del Toro had said there was a possibility that the two back-to-back prequels could be in 3D, as the studio wanted to utilized the format. But there were also conflicting reports that neither The Hobbit nor The Hobbit Sequel would be in 3D, as they were meant to be more intimate and modest movies, shot on a smaller scale than The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
With the huge success of recent 3D blockbusters such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, it has now been decided that both The Hobbit and The Hobbit Sequel will definitely be presented in 3D when they are released. Though, it is not clear at this time if the films will be shoot in the immersive format, or if they will be converted in post-production after shooting is completed.
As we reported last week, The Hobbit and The Hobbit Sequel are closing in on a green light from the studio. The New York Times has word on a possible release date for the first movie, with the The Hobbit arriving December 19, 2012. A release date for The Hobbit Sequel wasn't given.
None of this was confirmed by Warner Bros. or MGM. We'll be sure to keep you posted when an official announcement is made.