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Rest Easy, People Of Earth, Director Tom Hooper Says ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be In 3D

by Drew Taylor
December 7, 2011 12:21 PM
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Tom Hooper

For those of you who have been greatly concerned that Tom Hooper's upcoming big screen version of "Les Miserables" will be filmed with an extra dimension, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The BBC is reporting (because, really, who else would care?) that while director Hooper, who we've all been trying to forget beat David Fincher for the Best Director Oscar last year, was "very tempted" to use the new technology, his 'Les Mis' will be incredibly flat. Yes, that was a joke.

The film, which begins shooting in March with an impressive cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, is set to be released next Christmas. "I can definitely announce it's good old-fashioned 2D," Hooper somewhat triumphantly announced to the BBC at the British Independent Film Awards. "I slightly worry with the 3D that some people will physically struggle with it. If you have a certain type of eyesight it can be more demanding than watching a normal movie," Hooper said, giving mad props to the 80-year-olds that helped make "The King's Speech" a sensation.

"With a two-and-a-half hour film, I didn't want to make something that anyone might think, 'That's not for me, because I don't like the medium,' " he added. PHEW.

While filming a historical drama like "Les Miserables" may seem like a questionable choice for 3D, it seems that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" has somewhat opened doors (at least a crack) to legitimize the format beyond children's films and exploitation movies. Thankfully, we'll have good old fashioned reasons to be given a headache by Hooper's 'Les Mis' when it opens next Christmas.

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  • penny | December 8, 2011 3:14 AMReply

    I can't knock a guy that effectively directed The King's Speech, John Adams, Elizabeth I , and The Damned United

  • James | December 8, 2011 1:53 PM

    I totally grant that he's a competent craftsman. However this bizarre leap he took overnight into the pantheon of greatest living directors, thanks to the Weinstein machine, is absurd.

  • James | December 7, 2011 3:00 PMReply

    Glad to see you guys also don't think much of Hooper. He's a competent television director, but wildly overrated. And his endless, random use of meaningless angles and wide lenses gets old REALLY fast. I got tired of it 10 minutes into the schlockily, ostentatiously photographed PRIME SUSPECT 7. I have a feeling nobody will remember him in 20 years.

  • James | December 7, 2011 3:01 PM

    Oops, typo there, should be PRIME SUSPECT 6.

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