Could Spielberg's Jurassic 4 Save 3-D?

by Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
June 22, 2011 12:07 PM
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Thompson on Hollywood

As 3-D proselytizers James Cameron and Jeffrey Katzenberg fret about the future of their favorite movie delivery system--and the next Avatar is a long way off, in 2014--some studio execs are harboring second thoughts about which films actually demand the extra time and money, and will lure premium ticket buyers. Already this summer the majority of moviegoers chose to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Kung Fu Panda 2 and even Green Lantern in 2-D, even though the DC Comics movie was playing on 2711 3-D screens.

UPDATE: Even Michael Bay is fighting to save 3-D, calling theater chains to persuade them to show his latest costly Transformers sequel, Dark of the Moon--which is building strong advance buzz--so that the film looks its best when it opens June 29. After all, premium ticket sales are supposed to make up for the extra $30 million Paramount plowed into the picture to make it 3-D. ILM VFX whiz Dennis Muren argues that 3-D isn't the problem--he still believes in the technology--overcharging by more than $2 is the real issue.

Even if it's several years before the project hatches, one movie in the works would wow audiences to come back to 3-D.

Steven Spielberg, who may actually show up at Comic-Con for the first time to promote 3-D The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, has been chatting with writer Mark Protosevich about ideas for another sequel to Jurassic Park. (Universal, which released the first three Jurassics, isn't confirming anything official.) But one compelling reason to go back to the Lost World: enhance the dinosaurs with advances in CG and 3-D technology. That's a movie audiences would pay a premium to see.

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  • JoeS | June 23, 2011 5:03 AMReply

    Those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it and all that....

    3D is a fad - again!

    Sure, the tech is better now, so it may survive longer as a niche than past 3D attempts. But, a niche it will be. Fools like Katzenberg who claimed that soon ALL movies would be in 3D already have egg on their face (sad, because I really really wanted to see the 3D conversion of MY DINNER WITH ANDRE!).

    The big question: What will be the first movie filmed in 3D that is released in 2D (flat)?

  • Unknown | June 22, 2011 12:18 PMReply

    Whoever wrote this needs to correct this article because Spielberg ISN'T rebooting "Jurassic Park". He's considering another sequel which would be the fourth installment. Whoever wrote this article needs to learn the term "reboot" which means starting a franchise over & making a new & fresh franchise establishment by itself. Which is not the case with "Jurassic Park". These internet reporters shouldn't be talking about film or filmmaking because most them don't know s*** about they are talking about.

  • Brian | June 22, 2011 3:39 AMReply

    I hated the first two JURASSIC PARK movies and refused to see the third. So I have no interest in a fourth.

    I'm pretty much soured on 3-D, but HUGO CABRET, though, as Mark suggests, could be a game-changer for me. We'll see.

  • Mark | June 22, 2011 1:32 AMReply

    The big tests for 3D will be Tintin and Hugo Cabret later this year... done correctly it is still incredible, it's the horrid post-conversions that are souring people on 3D.

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