Beyond the opportunity to see a film shot at 48 frames per second, there is perhaps another reason to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D this winter. Real 3D is apparently trying to sell limited edition glasses to movie theaters in preparation for the film’s December release to ensure that their theater has a leg up on the competition. I am not sure if this really costs more to make, but it is very nice to have an extra reason to upgrade for premium tickets.
On another note, in case you have not heard by now The Hobbit series has been officially turned into a trilogy. The J.R.R. Tolkien book was originally meant to get two parts on the big screen, but apparently director Peter Jackson had so much footage that instead of cutting it all down he found it easier to request another $150 million or so from Warner Bros. to shoot even more and make a third installment.
This will not change the release date of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which is currently slated for December 14, 2012.