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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Weinstein: HELLRAISER, SCANNERS, SPY KIDS 4 And HALLOWEEN Confirmed in 3D!

Jim here. No surprise here really with this year's success of horror films in stereoscopic 3D. Variety reports that Bob Weinstein is pushing 3D on his aptly named Dimension shingle and pushing it in a big way.

SPY KIDS 4 is being written right now by Robert Rodriguez and will begin lensing in March 2010 in partnership with Disney. If you will remember, SPY KIDS 3D did exceptionally well at the box office before modern 3D took over - they used the terrible old red and blue glasses. SK3 took in $197,011,982 worldwide. Obviously Dimension wants to repeat or better that result.

We now know that Patrick Lussier (MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D) will be helming HALLOWEEN III and Weinstein has this property high on his list - look for launch in October 2010 - yep most likely head to head with SAW VI (October 23). By the way, SAW VII has been confirmed to be 3D - but we knew that was coming since January didn't we?

So lets see here now, what else is going 3D? How about the HELLRAISER franchise? Pinhead himself will grace the silver screens once again but this time in 3D! This is one series I am really looking forward to - hopefully they land the right director.

SCANNERS will also explode into 3D. No word on whether David Cronenberg will come back to reprise as director - and no, the only 3D headaches will be ON the screen :-)

Weinstein did mention a couple of other reboots that I am assuming could also make it to 3D: SCREAM (Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette have all signed on) and CHILDREN OF THE CORN (the 3D would be amazing hovering over the swaying cornfields at eye level - they HAVE to do this!)

Further on financing Weinstein said: "There is no question that financing is readily available to produce and market these films. I am eager to expand our scope in the 3D business."

Remains to be seen if they shoot in native 3D or go the 2D to 3D conversion route in post production. I suspect that once they choose a path they will stick with it with all of their properties. I have not heard either way on this yet and will post as soon as I hear something.

Oh and in case you were wondering how 3D has been doing lately? CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS will be owning the box office for the second weekend in a row, so far with a stellar $5.6 million on Friday besting SURROGATES. This after a gigantic showing by THE FINAL DESTINATION earlier in the month. See where I am going with this?

Not only is 3D here to stay, it is now the standard for horror and animation. Next up? SciFi. Sometime around December 18th I believe... :-)

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