Guillermo del Toro was out and about and apparently in a gabby mood. He dropped some nuggets of info on the new television series he’s developing based on The Strain, a novel her wrote with Chuck Hogan, and he tells us a little about why Pacific Rim is being converted to 3D.
First, The Strain:
“Fox has commissioned a pilot. Fortunately for me, that means they’re not commissioning a screenplay or development. We’re going right to pilot. That’s a very good piece of news.”
Wow, straight to pilot. That’s good news.
And now about that Pacific Rim 3D conversion:
“What happened was, in the weeks and months following Comic-Con, what I asked from the studio was to agree to four points that I wanted to do. The more the ILM shots arrived, the more I realized that there were only a few shots that would miniaturize. I asked the studio, number one, that we would not hyper-stereo-lize the thing. That we would not force 3D on the beauty shots. That we would keep the giant dimensions. They agreed. Number two, they agreed to something very unusual. Normally a conversion takes a few weeks. I asked to start it immediately so we could take the full 40 weeks to do the conversion. As an example, ‘Titanic’ took about 50 weeks to convert. The final thing that I asked that they agreed to, which was amazing, was that I asked them to give me an extra budget, which is considerable, to actually have ILM composite the shots that are CG native 3D. We’re not giving elements. ILM is giving the composite in 3D from the get-go. That’s a huge, huge element. Now I’m going to be involved in supervising it. What can I tell you? I changed my mind. I’m not running for office. I can do a Romney.”
So that’s it. Del Toro changed his mind about the conversion. It’s his film, so it’s his call. I can’t argue with that.
Pacific Rim hits theatres July12, 2013.
SOURCE: Shock Till You Drop