3D and cinema has had a turbulent relationship, but I think it's safe to say we've now arrived at a pleasant compromise. Originally, 3D movies would usually find any excuse to include a scene of something whizzing at the screen, however now films such as Avatar and Gravity have illustrated how it can a more supportive aesthetic instrument than a straight-forward visual gimmick.
With 3D matured, perhaps it's time to go back to some action classics and give them a modern make-over? Well, James Cameron, the director of Avatar, certainly thinks this is a possibility. At the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival, he was asked about the chances of seeing Terminator or Terminator 2 released in 3D. He explained it would be prohibitively expensive to post-convert Terminator, although things might be easier with Judgement Day. He explained:
But Terminator 2 is a more polished film and, I think, it has a kind of timeless appeal. If there was someone who was interested in doing that, and we could make a good case for the business model like, perhaps let’s say, it’s never been on screens in China which in the next few years is about to become the biggest market for films worldwide. That alone might justify the cost of a conversion which might be 6 or 7 million dollars. And then a 3D re-release might attract some eyeballs in North American and Europe and then the Chinese release, which would be the first release on the big screen, might pay for it.
In the same Q&A, Cameron also addressed the issue of why he's never made a superhero movie, while he also revealed the one masked hero he would have liked to (and almost did) adapt:
Spider-Man. Spider-Man was kind of going nowhere. Canon — a very low budget film company back in the 80s — had had it briefly. Nobody had really done anything with it. Marvel characters in general weren’t being developed very well at that time. I got Carolco Pictures to buy Spider-Man. I was going to launch that as a series of films. I wrote quite an extensive treatment – I think eighty or ninety pages long — And then again when Carolco collapsed, those rights were in play and I didn’t pursue it because I was on to Titanic and I was doing other things. When I was a kid: to me there were all the superheroes and then there was Spider-Man. So having not gotten Spider-Man, it’s not like I’m looking around for the next comic book character.
The Q&A was rather extensive and covered a whole host of topics, including his feelings about the upcoming [Terminator: Genesis](movie:34872). Jump over to Collider for the remainder of the interview.
Cameron has established himself in cinema as the defacto father of 3D, so it only seems right for him to want to recreate some of his original classics in the new dimension. I can certainly think of several scenes which would be impressive to behold on an IMAX 3D screen, don't you think?
What do you think? Should we taper with these classics, or leave them as they were originally intended?