‘American Gladiators’ And ‘Jackass’ Bring Their Stunts To 3-D

As long as Hollywood is turning board games into movies, why not also mine game shows? I’d love to see movies made out of “Press Your Luck” and that Japanese show where contestants had to guess what dangerous animal was atop their head. In a way, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” has already been turned into a movie (“Slumdog Millionaire”), and now a producer of “300” is bringing “American Gladiators” to the big screen.

Scott Mednick, also an executive producer of this fall’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” has hired “Point Break” screenwriter Peter Iliff to script the previously announced adaptation of the physical competition series as a movie that, Variety says, will “feature the Herculean characters as superheroes.” But will amateur athletes be cast as the villains? It would certainly be appropriate to the format of the show, which involved everyday contenders battling the gigantic male and female Gladiators for a shot at $100,000 and a car.

“American Gladiators” was a hit in the ’90s and then revamped for a short-lived redo last year. The fact that the recent version wasn’t as successful can now only be explained by the fact that it wasn’t big and in-your-face enough. Apparently, as /Film noticed, the movie version will be in 3-D, since IMDb lists “U2 3D” producers 3ality Digital as handling the adaptation’s special effects.

If you’re excited to see pugil sticks and sling-shot humans coming at you in 3-D, you’ll likely also be happy to know the “Jackass” franchise will allegedly be continued in a third movie, this one in three dimensions as well. Cinematical writer William Goss noticed the “Jackass 3-D” title in an e-mail detailing Paramount’s 2010 slate. In what may be the most logical utilization of the new 3-D technology, we’ll be able to see all of the crazy stunts heightened by the format, whether it’s Johnny Knoxville being shot from a catapult or Steve-O’s notoriously weak stomach spewing phantom bile all over the audience.

Now if only we can get Smell-O-Vision back for “Jackass 3-D” as well. Okay, so maybe that wouldn’t be such a popular experience, but the 3-D element will fit perfectly. I just hope that between this and the “American Gladiators” film, nobody gets the idea to bring us “America’s Funniest Home Videos 3-D” on the big screen. Then again, “man getting hit in the crotch” in 3-D would be quite hilarious, wouldn’t it?

Do you think “American Gladiators” and “Jackass” are good matches for 3-D? What other game shows or TV series do you think would make good 3-D movies?