SAN DIEGO — There had been speculation that one of the latest films to be getting the 3-D treatment would be Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch,” but when the director chatted with MTV News at Comic-Con on Friday, he confirmed — with deep regret — that the action flick would not be making the transition.
“It’s not going to be in 3-D. I wanted it to be in 3-D, and we talked a lot about it, and we’ve looked at a lot of tests,” Snyder said. “None of us want to get kicked in the knees because our 3-D is crappy.”
Filmmakers took some preliminary steps to see how the film might look with a three-dimensional finish, but according to Snyder, the results weren’t good enough to convince them to go that route. “We’ve looked at a lot of potential vendors who could turn it into 3-D, and it wasn’t conceived in 3-D, like ’Guardians,’ because I have made a movie, ’Legends of Guardians,’ which is conceived in 3-D and it’s cool 3-D. Maybe the problem was, I have been working on that for two years,” Snyder speculated. “Now I’m broken by 3-D. I’m in love with 3-D. I can’t go back.”
These days, with its potential to fatten the box-office haul, going 3-D seems increasingly to be a studio decision rather than a director’s. But Snyder said Warner Bros. trusted him when he said he didn’t think a 3-D conversion would work. “They haven’t really second-guessed me that much, and I appreciate that,” he said. “Sucker Punch,” which co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Abbie Cornish, is due March 2011. Hudgens told MTV News this week that “Punch” through 3-D glasses “would be so badass.”
As far as his previous films being converted into 3-D, Snyder seemed doubtful that they would return to the big screen in three dimensions. He revealed that screen tests had been done of “300” in 3-D (the director joked that it could be called “300D”), but it probably wouldn’t get a green light. Even less likely would be “Watchmen” in 3-D, which he gushed “would be awesome,” but Snyder didn’t seem to think the world needed yet another version of his passion project.
“One more 3-hour-and-45-minute ’Watchmen,’ ” he said with a laugh, before confirming that it was not on the list.
MTV News and MySpace are live at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con! From Seth Rogen and Michael Cera to Anna Kendrick and Bruce Willis, we’re talking to some of the world’s biggest stars during our daily live streams. So tune in to MTV.com at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT on Saturday to watch the fun unfold. And don’t forget to check in for exclusive interviews, movie clips and much more!
For breaking comic book movie news, columns and more — updated around the clock — visit SplashPage.MTV.com.