Until now. Warner has finally stepped up with a reveal of their currently planned 3-D slate. “Clash” tops that list, with the March 26 release date now pushed back to April 2, as previously expected. Also confirmed for 3-D as rumors had suggested are parts one and two of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which hit theaters on November 19 of this year and July 15, 2011, respectively.
The studio also confirmed two additional upcoming 3-D releases. Family-friendly CG-animated sequel “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” will arrive on July 30. There’s also “Guardians of Ga’Hoole,” a the animation debut from director Zack Snyder based on a series of books by Kathryn Lasky. That movie sports quite a voice cast, including “Lost” star Emilie de Ravin.
Elsewhere in Hollywood, a Variety article on the rising trend of 3-D releases indicates that Paramount is also getting ready to board the train with one of their biggest franchises. There’s apparently interest in having Michael Bay’s third “Transformers” movie hit theaters in 3-D. The problem there is that there’s only a finite amount of time to prep for it, since a release date is already set. However, given the reports that the “Clash” 3-D conversion and others cost as little as $5 million — a relatively small number when you’re talking about a movie with a $100+ million budget — a post-production conversion for the next “Transformers” is a strong possibility.
Conversions like that come with problems of their own. We’ll see soon enough how “Clash” fares, but “Avatar” sort of set a new standard for 3-D. And that movie was shot from moment one for a 3-D release. The fear with conversions is that the presentation will feel more gimmicky, like the 3-D of old. We’ll find out how far the process has come on April 2.
What did you think of the 3-D in “Avatar”? Are you worried that 3-D converted movies won’t look as good? Do you have any expectations regarding the announced 3-D releases?