Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's Official Now: PACIFIC RIM Will Be A 3D Movie

We assumed this was going to happen when we heard last fall about the unofficial word out of Warner Bros. that Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM was going to be post converted to 3D. Now comes official word, that yes - it will be 3D, from the studio who is spending $200m on the tentpole.

Guillermo has come out against using 3D for the movie for various reasons (he says the robots are too big for 3D, but to me TRANSFORMERS DotM was an awesome 3D movie visually). In the end though it is the studio who is shelling out the big bucks that will of course decide what happens with the property. It's the age old debate that rages on today: Should studio executives be able to override creative talent on how productions should ultimately look? Christopher Nolan for example seems to have enough sway to hold off the studio execs and protect his decision to shoot and distribute in 2D. Ultimately - in most cases - money talks. The second a Nolan tentpole fails to achieve, is the second where his considerable influence dwindles significantly.

So, now. What about this PACIFIC RIM thing? I am grimacing due to this disconnect for PAC RIM. Did Guillermo shoot it with a 3D conversion in mind? Apparently not. BAD. Will del Toro be intimately involved with the conversion? Undoubtedly yes. GOOD. Will the studio try to further interfere and stipulate how the conversion should be done over del Toro? Don't know. But today's advanced 3D conversion technology soaring with new business, I am fairly confident that we are going to see a great end product here. There is a right way and a wrong way to convert and while sure, there are a some things to raise an eyebrow over - I think Warners and del Toro have a winner here. In 3D and in 2D.

PACIFIC RIM opens on July 12, 2013.

What do you think? Will we get a superlative 3D product with PAC RIM?

Source: THR

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