Post conversion 3D

The great post-conversion war rages on, and even Guillermo del Toro and his already-epic-sounding Pacific Rim can’t win a decisive battle. Despite telling crowds at this year’s Comic-Con that he was resistant to the idea of converting his next film, a robots (human-controlled!) versus aliens (giant and monstrous!) adventure, del Toro has now been, in Variety‘s words, “strong-armed” into post-converting his film to 3D. The outlet reports that del Toro’s film will still be available in 2D, but that “the prospect of the 3D upcharge — especially overseas — was likely too much for Warners to resist.” The conversion is not expected to impact the film’s release date, though this news certainly impacts faith in the studio’s ability to make decisions based on artistic merit, rather than box office potential (who are we kidding? it’s always about the money!). You can watch del Toro and his Pacific Rim panel from Comic-Con HERE. Pacific Rim will open on July 12, 2013.

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Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior

As Tom Hardy’s star power increases, so does the anticipation for George Miller’s new Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road. What with Mel Gibson being something of a touchy subject these days, is there any other actor out there who would be more fun to watch battling weirdos in crazy outfits over gasoline in the desert? Fury Road is a film that’s been plagued with all sorts of disasters and delays over the course of its pre-production though, and sometimes it’s felt like we’re never going to get our chance to see Hardy rev up his engines and do his thing. Well, there’s good news and bad news regarding the film’s production. After experiencing weather related problems with its original location – Broken Hill, Australia – Fury Road has been moved to the African nation of Namibia, where Hardy and crew are currently shooting. That’s the good news. The bad news is, despite Miller’s early insistence that the film was going to be shot with 3D cameras, that’s no longer going to be the case. Any plans to shoot natively in 3D have been scrapped in lieu of using a mix of ALEXA, Canon, and Olympus digital cameras.

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Well, guess it didn’t look as good as we all thought it did. THR reports (via /Film) that Paramount has decided to push its upcoming G.I. Joe sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, from its summer release date (one that’s barely more than a month away) in favor of a 2013 release date that will afford it less competition at the box office. Oh, and what’s that? Yeah, they’re also post-converting the Jon Chu-directed movie to 3D. Ugh. The film, once set to open on June 29, 2012, will now open on March 29, 2013. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, RZA, Joseph Mazzello, Elodie Yung, and Walton Goggins and, despite following the money-making but underwhelming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA, has long looked promising. While an unexpected post-conversion 3D job rarely instills confidence in people, announcing one when the film was set to open in just over a month is quite shocking.

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