Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim to Go 3D

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3D conversions of 2D movies rarely work. The only exception we can think of off the top of our head that was truly brilliant looking was James Cameron’s Titanic. Still, that doesn’t stop studios from trying. Case in point: Pacific Rim.

Variety reports that Warner Bros. has strong-armed Guillermo del Toro to convert Pacific Rim to 3D. The alien invasion flick has all the ingredients for a 3D tentpole – giant robots vs. aliens in a planet-wide battle to save humanity. But at Comic-Con in July, del Toro said he was resistant to converting the film to 3D because of the scale and size of the creatures. The director has never released a 3D film.

Look for Pacific Rim in theatres July 12th of 2013. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff star.

Travis Beacham’s script is set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The story finds a group of humans banding together to create and pilot massive robots to fight the giant creatures threatening to destroy Earth.

From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes–a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)–who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim to Go 3D

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  • Vanvance1

    If it’s not shot in 3D (and with story boards that take that into account) then it just doesn’t work.

    It’s sad to see Hollywood fucking 3D this way. A lot of people are ignoring the technology now because it’s become a marketing ploy to lure people into more expensive tickets without providing a better experience.

    It has to be storyboarded and shot in 3D to work. Conversions either look awful or simply don’t add anything to the experience (i.e. The Avengers).

    • theGoldenSimatar

      Titanic, Piranha 3D, Avengers, Wrath of the Titans, and some parts of Ghost Rider 2 were pretty good in 3D. But compared to the vast slate of conversions….yeah. While Titanic did look like it was natively shot, but I’d still say I’m in the James Cameron camp of “shoot it native” for a 3D release.

      I’ve worked at three different movie theaters with three different customer bases for 3D. The first theater (was also part of the first generation of new digital projectors back in 2007); I’d say probably 50-50 split between 3D and 2D. The second theater was a bit more 55-45 in favor of 3D. The one I’m currently working at, with some exceptions (the IMAX films); it’s actually about 70-30 in favor of 2D vs regular 3D. IMAX 3D though sells out as quickly as 2D.

      So it depends on where you are to how 3D is welcomed; the format is big enough for International to get this and GI Joe converted. However, the thing that was common in all three locations is that when it’s opening weekend for a major film; people don’t necessarily care about the format. They just want to see the film no matter as soon as they possibly can; not really caring about the format. Opening weekends for HP7p2, Prometheus, and Avengers for example; even if a 2D show started only 10-15minutes after a 3D feature…customers would fill up the 3D show because they just want to see the film.

      It’s not till the following Monday/following weeks that most people are more choosy and put more thought into what format they want to see. Fans will walk in knowing exactly what they want; but most folks just want whatever show is the closest to starting when they walk in the door. My experience has been that for a major release playing to sold out crowds; format isn’t the thing forefront in their minds.

      And if nothing else, people are idiots. I’ve found it’s next to impossible to explain the differences between conversion and native or IMAX 3D vs RealD to a customer. Then again I have had to explain what 2D is when I ask what format they wish to purchase for >.<

      • Vanvance1

        All excellent points. I hadn’t stopped to think that the vast majority of the movie going public aren’t that picky. Also, the truth is those of us who are choosy are often going to films with people who aren’t and we get caught up in the same choices.

        I did see Titanic in 3D (no I did not choose it) and in the theatre I attended the effect was poor.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    I’d totally love to see a Del Toro shot native 3D feature; but conversion or not I’m still going to watch it. The upshot is that it’s nearly a year out from release so there’s time to make it look decent.