Last week, Warner Bros. surprised everyone by announcing that they would be converting Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming sci-fi action flick Pacific Rim to 3D. Del Toro had been reluctant to go the 3D route, even expressing his concerns at Comic-Con.
His main concern was the scale of the characters. Del Toro was concerned that when you're looking at 300 foot tall behemoths on the screen, 3D might not look natural and could lead to technical problems.
So why the sudden change? The answer: money.
Del Toro says the conversion process, which is being handled by the capable folks at Industrial Light & Magic should run about 40 weeks. A typical 3D conversion takes a few weeks, but WB seems willing to invest up to $100,000 a day to get the 3D conversion correct.
"Normally a conversion takes a few weeks, I asked to start it immediately so we could take the full 40 weeks to do the conversion. As an example, Titanic took about 50 weeks to convert. The final thing that I asked that they agreed to, which was amazing, was that I asked them to give me an extra budget, which is considerable, to actually have ILM composite the shots that are CG native 3D," Del Toro said.
WB is putting a considerable amount of faith in Del Toro. Outside of Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2 (which he executive produced) and Hellboy II and Blade II (which he directed), Del Toro hasn't really had a breakout blockbuster.
Could Pacific Rim and its 3D version be the film that pushes a Del Toro directed movie over the $200 million worldwide box office gross? Certainly 3D surcharges will help, but will audiences watch the regular version or splurge for 3D?
Pacific Rim is scheduled to open July 12, 2013, the same weekend as Adam Sandler's sequel Grown Ups 2. The week before will see Disney's Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2 and the 3D re-release of Independence Day.
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&%*^ 3D. I Do Not understand how this embarrising gimmick Joke has stayed around for this long. Either way I can not wait for this movie, it sounds Amazing...you know in 2D.
3D this 3D that. This is the reason I am so upset with the Hollywood business. I hardly go to the movies that much because everybody thinks 3D is all that great. 3D has finally taken over. Those who like 3D, just to let you know you are ruining your eye sight. With the director of Pacific Rim having to chose this option, you have lost me as a viewer. I was excited for this summer for "GI Joe 2" to come out but sure enough the director thought, this would be great in 3D. Stop with the 3D, it is overrated. I have no desire to see GI Joe 2 now having to push it back all the way to next April.
And what does "GI Joe 2" has to do with this? But great opinion!
I am now careful choosing which format i want to see a movie in. I chose to see Last Airbender in 2D Cars 2 in 2D Avengers in 2D and HP part 2 in 2D and i was okay making those choices
I saw all of those movies (expect The Last Airbender) in 3D. I don't mind the format, what I care about is the effects.
I just choose based on how the movie was filmed but I'm not always careful of making that choice
But Wreck-It Ralph is probably going to be great in 3D!
Seems confident enough to me
Still not seeing the movie
Let's not fight but i rather see star trek 2 smurfs 2 despicable me 2 man of steel and monsters university
All of those movies sound and look great (especialy Despicable Me 2), but if it gets good reviews than I might see it.
Thought so matt and by the way the movie I'm anticipating the most next summer is Man of steel might even see it in Imax if they do not do the rumored 3D conversion
Yeah! I might see Star Trek: Into Darkness in imax! But I will probably see Man of Steel in Xd.
Ill sleep on your opinion
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