I can remember back in 2007 Disney had to throw buckets of money at visual effects houses in order to get Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End finished on time, and a similar situation is now happening with Warner Bros. and Green Lantern.
Earlier this month producer Donald De Line said, with only 2.5 months left to go, they were only half way through completing all 1500+ visual effects shots, and now reports suggest Warner Bros. are bringing in additional visual effects houses to help.
“The visual effects budget for Warner Bros.’ “Green Lantern” has risen by $9 million, with new vfx houses recruited to bolster the team that’s been working overtime to meet the film’s June 17 launch.
“Whispers about problems on the production grew louder after schedule concerns early in the new year triggered high-level meetings to get the project back on track. The cost of its roughly 1,400 visual effects is more than $9 million over the $45 million original f/x budget. That budget is on the low side for a vfx-heavy tentpole, but 3D hadn’t been taken into account in the original budget.
“Sony Imageworks and Rising Sun Pictures are the primary vfx studios on “Green Lantern,” and both say they’re delivering on schedule or according to contract. De Faria said one all-CG pre-credit sequence had been cut in development, then added back once the studio saw an early cut, so Pixomondo was brought on late to complete it.
I wouldn’t worry just let, unless we hear about a sudden release date change in the upcoming weeks. Personally I feel sorry for the VFX artists who probably won’t see their families or sunlight for the next 2 months.
Here’s the latest trailer for Green Lantern which was released last week: