Ever wondered what Ian McKellan would look like in three dimensions?

Peter Jackson today announced that ‘The Hobbit’ will be shot in 3D, and not just any old 3D, it will be shot with the latest EPIC digital cameras, each able to shoot 128 frames per second with a 5k resolution on HDRx mode, the highest dynamic range of any camera ever made.

Previously Guillermo Del Toro said he didn’t want the Hobbit to be 3D stating “I myself was not interested in shooting ‘The Hobbit’ in 3D… I do believe that big spectacle movies like ‘Avatar’ or ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ or ‘The Haunted Mansion’ should be in 3D”.

The shoot, which kicks off in New Zealand in Febuary will use at least 30 cameras, commenting on the new technology Peter Jackson said “It is a fantastic tool, the Epic not only has cutting edge technology, incredible resolution and visual quality, but it is also a very practical tool for film makers. Many competing digital systems require the cameras to be tethered to large cumbersome VTR machines. The Epic gives us back the ability to be totally cable free, even when working in stereo.”

What do you think? Would you have preferred The Hobbit stay in 2D like the original three Lord Of The Rings movies?

The Hobbit will open in 2012