Remember that time the Clash of the Titans remake came out just a couple of months after Avatar convinced Hollywood that it became the highest grossest movie of all time because it was in 3-D? Well, the man behind Clash says the rushed post conversion 3-D in his film says it sucked.
I’ll let that sink in.
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis Leterrier, who’s doing press for his new film Now You See Me, discussed how he was “literally thrown under the bus,” and how the studio twisted his arm in its decision to convert the film to 3-D in post-production was made by the studio brass. “At one point it was like, ‘Yeah, Louis chose the 3D.’ And I was like, ‘No, guys, I didn’t choose the 3D. I actually told you it’s not working. I couldn’t control it. I said don’t do it.’”
As for what happened after that…
It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I’m a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it’s not my movie.
That was a bold statement for Leterrier to make… more than four years after Clash of the Titans came out. But at least we have official confirmation from someone in the know that, yeah, they made a boo-boo converting Clash to 3-D in post. C’est la vie.
It was more or less inevitable. You can’t release a big, summer tentpole movie anymore without it being offered in both 3-D and 2-D, that is unless you’re name is Christopher Nolan. And Guillermo del Toro‘s name is definitely not “Christopher Nolan.”
Yes, it seems that Pacific Rim is going to be seen in 3-D too when it comes out next summer, quite nearly over the dead body of del Toro if his comments from this past July’s Comic Con are to be believed:
I didn’t want to make the movie 3D because when you have things that big, the thing that happens naturally is you’re looking at two buildings at 300 feet. If you move, the buildings don’t go like this (moves his hands closer together), there’s no parallax. They’re so big that you barely notice anything no matter how fast you’re moving, so to force the 3D effect on robots and monsters that are supposed to be that high, you’re making them miniaturized, you’re making them human-scale. I knew that the 3D effect sounded like a great idea, but it was gonna be counter.
The studio, Warner Bros., apparently disagreed with del Toro’s artistic justifications for going 3-D-less, and found the extra couple of bucks per movie ticket too appealing to turn down. I know for my part I won’t see Pacific Rim in 3-D if I can help it. Since having one too many bad experiences with 3-D conversions, unless a movie was filmed in 3-D, I don’t see it in 3-D. Conversion still sucks. Just my personal opinion. Feel free to discuss below.
Pacific Rim Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman will be in theaters – 3-D and 2-D – on July 12th, 2013.
Source: Geek Tyrant
In a move that’s so 2010, Paramount has announced that they’re pushing back the release date of the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation because they want to give it a 3-D conversion to – Take it away unnamed studio exec in Deadline – “We’re going to do a conscientious 3D job because we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally.”
That’s right. Because if there’s one thing that Battleship has apparently taught us it’s that international audiences will chow down on any Hollywood hogwash so long as its in three dimensions. Which may or may not be true given how Battleship reaped over $200 million internationally and made only a paltry $25 million its opening weekend in North America.
The real question though is aside from that lucrative international 3-D money, what’s the upside for Paramount taking Retaliation out of rotation a little over a month before it was supposed to be released? Especially considering that nerds everywhere were cautiously optimistic about this Joe after the inescapable crappiness of Rise of Cobra a mere three years ago?
Well, The Hunger Games proved that March moviegoers are hungry for blockbuster material, and I guess this way, Retaliation gets out of the path of The Amazing Spider-Man, which may (in Paramount’s opinion) be part of a comic book movie blockbuster resurgence in the wake of The Avengers. (Not that I’m saying Spider-Man will make a mint, but it’s possible studio execs are thinking that way.)
Anyway, what do you guys think of this news of 3-D G.I. Joe?