SUCKER PUNCH may avoid 3D conversion
The frustration and disgust I felt after the disaster that was CLASH OF THE TITANS’ atrocious post conversion to 3D seemed, for a time, to be the sort of emotional response that would not see any sort of viable outlet in the marketplace. I could hem and haw as much as I wanted, but the studios’ desire to make money and to turn even the most middling of flicks into big! 3D! events! outweighed any artistic credibility (or just common taste) that would prohibit post conversions from ruining perfectly acceptable films. And yet, things might be changing.
In April, Warner Bros. announced that a number of its bigger upcoming titles would be going 3D – even if that meant they’d be going through the post conversion process that has, as of late, turned in lackluster results (see – this week’s already infamously terrible THE LAST AIRBENDER, which has a number of issues, with the post conversion to 3D ranking high among them). Among titles mentioned were Zach Snyder’s SUCKER PUNCH and THE GREEN HORNET. But SUCKER PUNCH might be escaping the 3D post conversion treatment.
Snyder told MTV that they “didn’t shoot in 3D,” but that “they’ve talked about doing a conversion and there’s been a lot of talk about us doing SUCKER PUNCH in 3D, but I’m still waiting to see…We’ve looked at a bunch of conversions, so whether or not we have the time to do it right — I’m not going to do it if we don’t have the time to really be meticulous with it. It’s such an awesome piece of work and everyone’s worked so hard to make it awesome, so I don’t want to screw it up with bad 3D.” A director dedicated to making sure his final product looks good and suits everyone’s hard work? I’m into it.
However, it’s interesting to note that the film’s IMDb page not only lists the project as a 3D property, but as “An IMAX 3D Experience.” Oh, really?
Snyder’s first crack at directing and original screenwriting is being touted as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns,” as it follows a young girl tossed into a mental institution by her evil stepfather. She starts imagining an alternate reality that may hold the key to her actually escaping. And, best part, she’s not alone in this quest – she’s got a gang of other tough-as-nails chicks.The cast includes Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, and Carla Gugino.
In any case, fans of the project will get their first peek at this year’s Comic-Con, when Snyder and his team will be bringing the first footage that “sets the tone” for the flick. The film is currently slated for a release on March 25, 2011.
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