The inevitable ‘Avatar effect’ is taking…effect. Jon Favreau plans to film Cowboys and Aliens in 3D, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg shot Tintin in 3D, and now in an article by the NY Times we get names of a few more movies that might be adopting the technique.
Bryan Singer, who in the past directed summer blockbusters like “X-Men” and “Superman Returns,” asked New Line to consider using 3-D in filming his planned fantasy “Jack the Giant Killer.” The debate continues, according to people who have been briefed on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity because of studio policy.
Katie Martin Kelley, a spokeswoman for Paramount, said that studio had made no decision about whether its planned “Transformers” and “Star Trek” sequels would make the leap to 3-D, possibly giving the audience another sampling of the kind of immersive world devised by Mr. Cameron.
J. J. Abrams, who is developing another “Star Trek” film to be shot in the next couple of years, also declined to be interviewed about his plans for that franchise. But Paramount executives have already begun debating whether to shoot the next film in 3-D, even if that increases the cost and production difficulty, according to one person who was briefed on the talks but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment.
Bryan Singer became a fan of 3D after seeing Avatar (he announced he would be directing X-Men: First Class at the Avatar premiere) and he mentioned he would like to use the technology for Jack the Giant Killer.
Micheal Bay, on the other hand, has previously expressed his dislike for 3D, saying “it’s a pain in the neck to shoot…I’ve heard that some people can’t even see 3-D and, moreover, that a major side effect of watching it is feeling exhausted. Can you imagine how you’d feel watching one of my movies in 3-D?”. Whether Bay likes it or not Paramount may be interested thanks to Avatar‘s box office takings. 3D was a big factor in the film grossing over $1 billion.
I guess if the films mentioned above are shot in 3D then it will give people an option as to which format to see it in. Just because it’s shot in 3D doesn’t necessarily mean people have to see it that way, although Avatar showed that people don’t mind donning the glasses.
Would you want to see Transformers 3 and Star Trek 2 in 3D? Or aren’t you bothered either way?