Later tomorrow afternoon, in Hall H, Peter Jackson and cast will unveil new footage from The Hobbit. Unlike what they showed off at CinemaCon earlier in the year, Comic Con attendees won’t be seeing the clips in 48fps 3D. Jackson explained to the LA Times that they want to focus on the positive family aspects of the film, and not give cynical detractors more ammunition to create negativity before the movie came out:
There is a huge audience waiting to see “The Hobbit,” and any positive press from Comic-Con will truthfully have little impact on that. However, as we saw at CinemaCon earlier this year, with our 48 frames per second presentation, negative bloggers are the ones the mainstream press runs with and quotes from. I decided to screen the “Hobbit” reel at Comic-Con in 2-D and 24 frames per second, so the focus stays firmly with the content and not the technical stuff. If people want 3-D and 48fps, that choice will be there for them in December.
Personally, I don’t care how we get to see the footage. The panel is going to be epic and as of this writing, just over 20 hours before it begins there are already more than 50 people camping out for it!