Guillermo del Toro can’t catch a break. After having to ditch The Hobbit for financial and scheduling reasons, and then having his dream project At The Mountains Of Madness get scrapped, now he’s once again at the mercy of a … Continue reading

‘Pacific Rim’ Getting 3D Post-Conversion Against Guillermo Del Toro’s Wishes

Guillermo del Toro can’t catch a break.

After having to ditch The Hobbit for financial and scheduling reasons, and then having his dream project At The Mountains Of Madness get scrapped, now he’s once again at the mercy of a strident studio.

Despite talking up a very anti-3D stance at Comic Con and elsewhere, del Toro is going to have to bite the bullet on his newest project — Warner Bros. is forcing him to post-convert Pacific Rim into 3D.

It’s a sure-fire business decision.  Pacific Rim is tracking to be huge internationally, and the 3D upcharge is too juicy an opportunity to pass up.

Problem is: the director doesn’t want it, and he’s publicly said so.  The movie is less than a year away, and with the studio bypassing del Toro’s creative vision for a financial foothold, there’s already a slight stink surrounding Pacific Rim.

Del Toro’s reason for preferring Pacific Rim not to be 3D is a good one — you lose the sense of monstrous scale you get with a 2D image.

My example is: if you saw Transformers 3 in 3D, remember the opening space battle sequence?  Remember how those giant flying robots chasing and shooting each other looked in 3D?

They looked like little matchbox spaceship toys zipping around the screen.  There was absolutely no sense of scale — everything looked way smaller than it should’ve and thus it looked fake and silly.

The giant monsters in Pacific Rim might end up looking like that, too.

Source: Variety

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500194308 Francisco Resto

    But will people have a choice seeing the movie in 2D? Or is this movie will only be playing in 3D?

  • Matt Granados

    2D will also be available, but that just means all the good screens in your area will be overtaken by the 3D version.

  • Rick Hunter

    It amazes me how many people bitch about 3-D considering every theater offers a 2-D and a 3-D option.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yuzuru-Nomura/1502485636 Yuzuru Nomura

    Talk about bad luck. Well, I’m sure as hell NOT watching this in 3D or even at the theatres if the 2D version is shown only at shitty theatres. That’s the thing with a lot of movies these days, it’s better (and cheaper) by skipping the shitty 3D theatrical release and just buying the DVD. Not so far in the future, a lot of people will end up taking the same choice. Ironical, because in the end, contrary to the studio’s decisions, they will make less by being (dumb and) greedy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000368276506 Travis J DeSantis

    All we can do is vote with our wallets and refuse to pay for a 3D movie. Unfortunately, a lot of people are easily suckered into this expensive gimmick.

  • http://twitter.com/DVelazco Daniel Velazco

    3-D is bs… only 2 movies so far really made an expirience about it avatar (pocahontas alien 3d) and hugo (scorsese is a genius)…the rest..just hopiong for more money

  • A_Wise_Man

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • myclawismypenis

    Agreed. If converting a movie into 3D gets a movie like this green-lighted..im all for it, I just wont make the choice to see it in the 3D format. What other people do with their money is their problem…even though, MG made a valid point about the good screens being used up for the 3D presentation of the film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.bosnar Daniel Bosnar

    False I have to go out of my way to watch 2D ( which I do anyways, but still it’s a pain in the ass)…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/brad.jensen.982 Brad Jensen

    How is this “tracking” to be huge overseas. The movie isn’t even done and there has been no advertising or anything else. You have a very “unique” definition for the term “tracking”.