World premiere of The Hobbit

New Zealand's capital city Wellington is preparing itself for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The movie is director Peter Jackson's first film in a new triliogy based on the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Jackson wants The Hobbit to be 'magical'

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey director Peter Jackson hopes the new technology he used on his latest movie trilogy will create a "magical" cinema-going experience.

Speaking at a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand, hours before the first instalment's world premiere, Jackson highlighted that the films were shot at 48 frames per second rather than the traditional 24 in a bid to give them greater clarity.

Oscar-wining director Peter Jackson wants people to 'come back to the movies' Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

"We just have to make the cinema-going experience more magical and more spectacular to get people coming back to the movies again", the Oscar-winning director told the audience.

Jackson said that when the movie opens worldwide next month in 25,000 cinemas, only around 1,000 of them will be equipped to show the movie in 48 frames, so most people will see it in the more traditional format.

The Hobbit has also been shot in 3-D.

Wellington prepares for The Hobbit world premiere

Sculptures being moved into place ahead of The Hobbit's world premiere in New Zealand Credit: Reuters TV

Fans are beginning to gather in Wellington, New Zealand, as preparations are underway for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The cinema in Wellington, New Zealand, is being turned into a Middle Earth haven Credit: Reuters TV

The film is the first in director Peter Jackson's new trilogy based on the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Some fans have even come dressed as some of the characters Credit: Reuters TV

Jackson wrote on Facebook earlier, "Our first press conference in the magnificent marae at Te Papa - New Zealand's national museum here in Wellington. World Premiere of the movie in a few hours".


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