Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Hobbit director berates technology

Peter Jackson hates the idea of people watching films on computers and phones rather than on the big screen

Peter Jackson has declared he would retire if he thought films were only going to be watched on computers and smartphones in the future.

The director of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and upcoming film The Hobbit said he hated the idea of movies no longer being watched in the cinema.

Peter exclaimed: "I really hate the idea that I'm a director making a film for an iPad. That's kind of depressing. I really would go and lie on a beach in Fiji and retire if I thought I was really doing that.

The director, who has long pioneered cinematic technology, added: "It's not just the movie it's the occasion of going out with friends and seeing this huge image with incredible picture, incredible sound and being transported into an escapist piece of entertainment. That's what I love about cinema.

"How can we make the experience more immersive, more magical, more spectacular?

"It's going to get bigger, it's going to get sharper. I think cinema exhibition, and where we're going to be as a society, what we're going to respond to will be larger, more immersive experience like what IMAX are doing today, something that is so huge you're never going to stick that on the wall of your lounge or hold it in your hand."

The Hobbit will be in cinemas on December 13.

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