Feb 24 2011'Wrath of the Titans' Also Being Converted to 3-D

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After Clash of the Titans' murky, universally-hated post-production 3-D conversion made it the whipping boy for after-the-fact gimmickry, you were probably under the impression Warner Brothers would make sure not to repeat their mistake for the film's sequel, right? Well, that was the wrong impression, because Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman--who's been given the thankless task of directing Wrath of the Titans--has revealed that this film, too, will be shot in film and converted to 3-D.

But it will be different this time! See, whereas the first film was constructed to be shown in 2-D, and converted at the last minute, Liebesman has the benefit of already knowing his film's going to look shittier afterward, which makes things better, he seems to think. The director explained to Cinematical:

"I think what you have to remember is the first film was neither shot nor edited with 3D in mind," Liebesman said Wednesday via telephone from the Los Angeles junket for 'Battle: Los Angeles.' "It was shot as a 2D movie and edited as a 2D film, and they decided to convert it with six or seven weeks to go until release, which is insane; the technology was not there. That's why we're conceiving it from the start, from the ground up, in 3D, editing in 3D for 3D."

Liebesman went on to explain his reasoning for shooting in film and converting, rather than just doing the more sensible thing and shooting with digital 3-D cameras, saying:

"I tested a lot of digital cameras, and quite frankly, because I'm going for a sort of much grittier, grounded look in 'Clash 2,' the look I want is almost 'Gladiator' with fantastical creatures in it, I found that the characteristics of film were more what I was going for."

Well, that makes sense, then. Nothing says "grounded" like the 3-D spectacle of Sam Worthington's t-shirt lunging out of the screen.

Reader Comments

I'm praying to the sweet baby Jesus that this indicates the 3-D FAD has finally shot its wad. Maybe studios are covering their bases by shooting movies as THEY SHOULD BE SHOT and only add the 3D gimmick later for the fucking chowder-heads.

Chowder-heads aren't movie collectors. Once they get home they probably jerk off to reality TV. People who truly love movies aren't going to be buying 3-D films - especially a few years from now when this fucking fad will be nothing but a memory.

@ Rancid: Jeez, why the hostility? I love movies. I also love 3D movies. I also love COLOR movies, for that matter. And I will buy 3D films, as soon as I save up for a 3D screen.

I wish Liebesman would cut the crap and just say, "It's cheaper." It doesn't matter if it was shot "for" 3D, post conversion looks like shit. Did you see Dawn Treader? Terrible.

frank:

You seem like a nice guy. Don't waste your hard-earned money on 3-D TVs for at least a couple years. By that time, either they will be gone, or the technology will become mainstream enough that the prices will go down. Either way, you win.

I held off buying a LCD until it became common technology. It was amazing how prices hit rock-bottom in a very short time.

Don't worry, it'll take me at least to years to save up anyway.

sure, compare your shitflick to the beloved, award-winning, generally awesome, Gladiator.

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