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An Unexpected Journey film-maker defends decision to split Jrr Tolkien's 1937 novel into three parts, as Warner Bros counters claims of nausea induced by high frame rate

Peter Jackson and his production team for The Hobbit have rebutted criticisms that they were wrong to split Jrr Tolkien's fantasy novel into three long movies. The comments came as studio Warner Bros issued a statement denying allegations that the 48 frames per second rate at which opening instalment An Unexpected Journey is filmed can cause nausea in the viewer.

Speaking at a press conference in New York, Jackson described Tolkien's 1937 novel, which was followed 17 years later by the much longer Lord of the Rings trilogy, as a "breathless" text in which "very major events are covered in two or three pages". He told reporters: "Once you start to develop the scenes … you wanted to do a little bit more character development."

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