"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" director, 2nd left, poses with actors Andy Serkis, left, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood Jr at a news conference in Tokyo. Jackson said he decided to take on the three-part prequel which lead up to his successful "Lord of the Rings" films because "I didn't want anyone else to it. I feel a kind of pride of ownership, and not just for me but also for New Zealand."
Jackson filmed “The Hobbit” in 3D at a groundbreaking 48 frames a second rather than the standard 24, which is the ultimate in high-definition filmmaking. "Nowadays, there are many reasons for people not to go to the cinema," Jackson said. "There is competition from the Internet, mobile phones and so on. I don't want people to wait and see these films on an iPad. So we have to enhance the film-going experience to make you want to see our films on the big screen with state-of-the art technology ... and provide escapist entertainment."
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens in Japan on Dec 14. The second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” is due in December 2013 and the final chapter “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” follows in July 2014.© Japan Today