Say goodbye to blurry Orcs, because The Hobbit
is going 48 frames per second. King of Kong Peter Jackson
announced via Facebook that the two-part Lord of the Rings
prequel will be shot at an increased frame rate, double the 24FPS that has been the industry standard for the better part of a century. Halo
's non-director preemptively addressed critics of the technology, comparing it to the transition from vinyl to CDs -- which, let's face it, some folks still aren't all that psyched about
. The technology, when combined with a 48FPS projector, should cut down on blur and strobe. Jackson and Warner Bros. have their fingers crossed that a sufficient number of theaters will be capable of projecting at that speed when the film opens in December 2012. We're eagerly awaiting James Cameron
's reaction -- and George Lucas's inevitable Star Wars re-re-re-re-release
at the new speed.