3D News Involving ‘Titanic,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Transformers 3’


James Cameron appears to be serious about his conversion of Titanic from 2D-to-3D, but instead of a six month conversion process enjoyed by the likes of Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender, Titanic is expected to hit theaters in 2012. The Los Angeles Times says we should expect the feature in theaters in April 2012 with the release coinciding with the 100 year anniversary of the sailing of the ship.

Also, in the tradition of keeping Star Wars in the news, a new audio mix is being created fueling new fires as George Lucas long ago said we should expect the original trilogy in 3D at some point. Is that time approaching?

Meanwhile, the previous confirmation Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch would be converted for its March 25, 2011 release now appears to have been either a bit premature or studios are beginning to second guess post-production conversion as Snyder tells MTV, “We’ve looked at a bunch of conversions, so whether or not we have the time to do it right – I’m not going to do it if we don’t have the time to really be meticulous with it… It’s such an awesome piece of work and everyone’s worked so hard to make it awesome, so I don’t want to screw it up with bad 3D.”

Perhaps Cameron’s long-term approach to Titanic and the lengthy amount of time Disney has taken bringing the 3D edition of Beauty and the Beast to screens will be a sign of things to come. Can we really expect the end of shoddy 3D conversions soon?

Continuing the 3D chatter, we already knew Transformers 3 would in fact be releasing in 3D after Anthony Breznican’s USA Today story told us so, and it appears Michael Bay isn’t going to take the conversion approach as he has often spoken ill of the process as well as said his way of shooting “is too aggressive for 3D cameras”. Oh really?

MarketSaw spoke with Vince Pace, who worked with James Cameron to create the FUSION 3D and 2D digital camera systems, and he told them, “We took delivery of the first Alexa cameras for [Martin Scorsese’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret] and have 23 more on the way. [Transformers 3] has also signed on to shoot 3D throughout the film. I am working on a big Disney film but can’t mention the name and are lining up five more films. Just wrapped on additional photography for Resident Evil and [Tron Legacy]. Currently in Hawaii and flying out to London forHugo.”

Does any of this matter to you? While I am sure we can all agree films shot in 3D are preferred over those converted after the fact, but is it a matter of having good looking 3D or would we rather just have no 3D at all?