Since the release of 2009′s Avatar nearly every other film that has been shot has been released in a regular format alongside either a 3D or post-production 3D film. Now that’s great if you’re Hollywood, it means tickets cost a bit more and the box office of whatever movie’s in theaters will be that much higher, but it’s still getting annoying. And the last person you would think to talk about overusing 3D in movies decided to speak up.
At last week’s TagDF forum in Mexico City, James Cameron, the man with the most profitable 3D movies of all time, voiced his displeasure with the overuse of the visual effect in films. He’s not wrong either, highlighting recent blockbusters Man of Steel and Iron Man 3, Cameron said many movies don’t need to be filmed in the format adding that, “if you spend $150 million on visual effects, the film is already going to be spectacular, perfect.”
He did however say there is a difference between what should be shot in 3D and what should be converted, saying:
Conversion has a place and it’s a place for films we know and love, but it has to be done by the filmmaker. It has to be done by the director because there are so many creative choices that have to be made and it has to be done right. And the studio’s got to be willing to spend the money to do it right.
Also at TagDF forum, Cameron brought up his on-off relationship with his adaptation of the manga Battle Angel and things could be getting serious. After years of trying to get the adaptation off the ground the director may be that much closer to it finally getting underway – in 2017.
According to James though, that should be around the same time he’s in post-production of Avatar 3, shifting his focus from creating new technologies to expanding story and characters. Now this is, of course, all in the planning stages, and at any time James could decide to make another underwater 3D documentary again. What do you think though? Is it time for Battle Angel or should Cameron just move on and let someone else handle the project?
In what could be the smartest decision made by Lucasfilm/Disney since the union of the two companies, it appears as though the announced 3D re-release of the first six Star Wars films may not be inflicted upon fans after all.
Last February’s re-release of The Phantom Menace in 3D failed to wow audiences, and according to an official statement via StarWars.com:
“Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D. Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.”
It is not certain when or if the re-release, first announced back in 2010, will still happen: But the conversion of Episodes II and III was already all but finished, and according to IGN.com’s Eric Goldman, who saw footage of the two films as rendered in 3d, these versions have “undergone a very impressive 3D conversion that is far superior to the one The Phantom Menace had.”
Perhaps so, but I for one am delighted by the possibility that Disney may be putting a stop to Lucasfilm’s insane and seemingly endless iterations of the existing Star Wars films, and instead is focusing all of their attention and energy on actually NEW material. The only thing I like less than films being made in 3D is films being converted to 3D.
This time on The Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason talk about the Hulk Hogan sex tape, a time traveling attorney, topless dungeon masters, variant cover pollution, the worst DC hero of all time, and much, much more.
After HEADLINES, Jason talks to Halo: Forward Onto Dawn director Stewart Hendler about casting Master Chief, how much creative freedom he had, and the process of adapting the world of Halo for the screen.
Are you not entertained?!?! Too bad, because at the end there is another round of VERSUS where Jason lobbies for the TARDIS as a superior time machine to the DeLorean, which Jeremy meekly advocates… and now you know which one of us writes these little descriptions. #TeamTardis
If you’re planning to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D, you might want to choose your movie going companions carefully. You’re most likely gonna be mocked mercilessly by your friends and others standing in line for other movies.
Seriously, look at those clunky, chunky, and clumsy looking things. They look like those magical glasses they sell late at night on television that really lonely old people buy and wear. Just look at the promotional flyer below.
OK, I know that there have been other movies with ridiculous 3D glasses to wear. like the Transformers 3D glasses below.
Wait . . . those are cool as hell. What about the Avengers 3D glasses, those had to be cheesy as heck.
OH . . . those are pretty slick actually and you get to pick your favorite hero. Damn there has to be a pair of 3D glasses worse than those Hobbit monstrosities. If you can find a pair of 3D glasses that are worse than those Hobbit 3D glasses let this NerdBastard know about them in the comments section below.
So, the fine folks over at TrekMovie.com have been talking with writer/J.J. Abrams co-hort Damon Lindelof about the upcoming sequel to 2009′s Star Trek. I’d like to say they managed to squeeze out some juicy spoilerish information about the still rather secretive project, but the interview is rather light on such things.
[A]t the end of the day I feel that Trek is at its best when it is intimate and human and relatable. And when I say human, that can include aliens too. But all the things that we view as emotional touchstones: love, loss, and courage and all those themes that are the core of Trek. You sometimes when you want to make a movie too big for its own good, it loses some of those essential values. So we didn’t want that to happen.
I can’t back this up with ‘facts’, but I am 90% sure he was just reading the above out of the Star Trek writers bible. He does, however, reveal that the movie is in fact shot in both 3D and IMAX. If you think about it, epic space battles in IMAX and 3D could be pretty sweet.
… [W]e have already talked about the idea that all of us were a little bit cynical about doing the movie in 3D and then they set up a test at Bad Robot where they took footage from the first movie – the sequence when the Enterprise drops out of warp and they come upon all the federation vessels destroyed by the Narada and they are doing evasive maneuvers -– and we just looked at each other after and said “that was kind of awesome.” We are now -– I wouldn’t say converts -– but I don’t think this is going to hurt the movie.
Lindlof also revealed that sequel will be on a much larger scaled that the first (or eleventh if you want to be all technical.) Speaking of the future of the Trek franchise?
We certainly don’t feel that a third movie is a foregone conclusion. Hopefully the second movie turns out well and we are really happy about everything so far.
Wow, Damon. Really going out on a limb there saying they’d do a third if this one does good. He does toss the world ‘trilogy’ around in the interview though. Hmm, a Star Trek series with a finite beginning, middle and, end? Ok, that really would be something new.
Now before you nebbishly trip over your own fingers trying to press play on this, be advised: there’s no actual new footage of The Avengers in this trailer.
Having said that, the video quality of this ad is outstanding, and, if nothing else, it reminds us that The Avengers is just 42 days away.
Check it out:
The Avengers is written and directed by Joss Whedon, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson, and will be released in theaters everywhere May 4th.
Source: Coming Soon
Looks like Universal Studios noticed how big the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was. The studio has decided to up the ante and re-release one of their own top franchises with full 3D treatment.
Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park has been announced for a complete 3D conversion, with a released scheduled for July 19th, 2013. That’s right in time for the 20th anniversary next summer.
A 3D re-release of the now-classic adaptation starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and a much younger Samuel L. Jackson, should go off bigger then watching the T-Rex eat that poor bastard in the outhouse.
Is anyone else excited for the chance to that DNA mascot in full 3D glory next year? Or has the whole 3D converted picture phase already run it’s course?
Source: Coming Soon
It really must be the end of the world if something this crazy has happened. Thirteen years after the release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, George Lucas and 20th Century Fox are laughing at the “successful” release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D.
Even after the initial release of Episode 1 back in 1999, which was met with an overwhelmingly negative backlash from disappointed fans and mixed reviews, its re-release in eye-popping 3D could be on the track to being the 10th most successful movie of all time. According to The Hollywood Reporter the film is currently the 11th film ever to earn over $1 billion globally, but will overtake 2008′s The Dark Knight for the number ten spot if they can make another $1.5 million dollars.
Seems a bit weird, though. Even if the 3D release is the exact same movie — only with the added effect of costing an extra couple bucks for glasses — shouldn’t it stand on its own at the box office? Seems a bit unfair to add this total to the original, non-3D version of the film, but everyone’s mind appears clouded by George’s own personal Jedi mind trick.
Can’t wait for Episode 2, George. Our wallets are on the nightstand… just take what you think is a fair price.
Source: Comic Book Movie