Clash of the Titans Remake in 3D?

January 21, 2010

3D is all the rage today, which studios and filmmakers have James Cameron to thank for making over a billion dollars on Avatar. Now it's a possibility that Warner Bros. is going to turn the remake of Clash of the Titans into a 3D movie, even though it was shot as a standard 2D movie.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Warner Bros. is going to make its decision in the next 10 days as to whether or not director Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans will or will not go 3D:

Warners has ordered a 3D test of the film — set for release on March 26 -- and will screen the converted scenes next week before deciding whether to make the move. ...With conversions, 2D films -- whether newly produced movies or classic titles slotted for release, such as the first two Toy Story pics -- are run through a process that turns 2D images into 3D. Most 3D movies, including Avatar, are shot in 3D from the start.

In this humble blogger's opinion, making 2D movies 3D is a silly waste of money, and one that results in varying degrees of success. Furthermore, the fact that the studio is considering this option simply because Avatar has done so well is kind of nonsensical. Avatar was conceived and shot in 3D, which probably has a lot to do with the fact that 3D has worked so well for the film. Converting a 2D film after the fact is kind of like projecting a movie shot in standard def in IMAX: it changes the movie, but it doesn't really improve it.

That said, the studio's first and foremost concern is to make as much money as possible. If making Clash of the Titans a 3D spectacle brings in the dollars, then who am I to say nay?

What would you prefer? To see Clash in 2D, as the filmmakers who made it intended, or watch it in 3D? Would you still pay more money to see it in 3D even though it wasn't shot in 3D?

Source: Warner Bros.

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