‘Matrix,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ — coming soon in 3-D?

Jan. 10, 2010 | 4:21 p.m.


Bring it on? John Harlow, writing for The Times of London, reports that the success of “Avatar” and its less-in-your-face style of 3-D is inspiring Hollywood executives to eye their archives for films of the fantastic that might be represented with a new dimension:

Hollywood is preparing to re-release some past hits, including “Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, in 3-D following the record-breaking success of “Avatar.”

Studio executives are drawing up schedules of popular films that will be “retro-fitted” with 3-D technology after the science fiction blockbuster, directed by James Cameron, last week became the second highest grossing movie of all time.

A 3-D version of “Avatar” has driven ticket sales to more than $1.14 billion in just three weeks; only “Titanic,” Cameron’s 1997 epic, has made more money at the box office.

Rival studios had been waiting to see if Avatar took the 3-D experience — albeit using special glasses — beyond the popularity of animated tales such “Monsters vs. Aliens.” Experts now predict that 3-D will become the new multiplex standard within five years. This will be as dramatic a shift as when the “talkies” killed off silent movies in the early 20th century.

It’s a lengthy piece, you can read the rest here. There’s not much surprising here, really, but it is intriguing to track the unfolding story of “Avatar” and its influence on the direction of Hollywood.

— Geoff Boucher


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Photo: Keanu Reeves as Neo in “The Matrix Revolutions.” Credit: Jasin Boland / Warner Bros.

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3 Responses to ‘Matrix,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ — coming soon in 3-D?

  1. angry person says:

    WORST. THING. EVER. Not only not watching LOTR 3D, probably going to picket it. If the future of Hollywood cinema is in 3D, then I guess my future is away from Hollywood.

  2. Chuck Ivy says:

    The difference is, Cameron was planning on 3D before even one frame was shot. Doing it as an afterthought won't have nearly the impact, and will likely not pay off once the post-processing, advertising and distribution costs are factored in.

  3. Craig says:

    no no no no no!!! dont do it!!! all of those are great movies just the way they are (with the exception the 2nd and 3rd matrix movies) Please do not attempt to take away from the story of these movies by adding more effects!!!! Look at the Dark Night and Inception!!!! Both very simple, both extremely popular, and no 3-D required!

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