Marc Webb & James Cameron Discuss Spider-Man's 3D Future
Now that we're all locked and loaded with confirmation that Marc Webb will be directing the next three Spider-Man movies in addition to the announcement that at least the first film will be presented in 3-D (with the other two films likely to follow). While of course everything is going 3-D these days, there might be some light at the end of this tunnel because MTV recently spoke to John Landau, who is the producing partner to none other than the new King of 3-D, James Cameron, who revealed that the both of them met with Webb to discuss Spider-Man's 3-D potential and also compare some notes. But why is this significant?
First, dealing just with the Spider-Man property on its own, he was the only superhero that Cameron had any real interest in directing a movie about. He revealed to MTV he had written a treatment back in 1991 because "Spider-Man was the only one I ever wanted to do. I wasn't really personally that driven to do a superhero movie per se, but I wanted to do Spider-Man because he was my guy when I was 14." When his name got tossed around for the reboot, Cameron sort of jerkishly said, "it's a little bit sloppy seconds, let's face it." But apparently, Cameron is smitten with director Marc Webb (apparently he loved 500 Days of Summer), and isn't past helping him with his first blockbuster experience. In addition, Cameron is thrilled with Webb's desire to go 3-D, and this is where things get really interesting.
Landau confirms they're ready to support a genuine 3-D Spider-Man. But what do I mean by genuine 3-D? Maybe Mr. Landau can clear it up in his confirmation that they're supporting Webb's work with Spidey:
"[Webb] wants to do the next one in 3-D, which they've announced that they want to do. So, we want to try to support that as much as possible. Other movies are turning to it now, some of which I agree with, some of which I don't agree with. Clash of The Titans is coming out in 3-D; they're converting it very hastily into 3-D. I'm not in favor of that. If you want to shoot a 3-D movie, shoot it in 3-D."
This isn't exactly official news or anything like that, but if this serious of a meeting is actually happening with between Cameron, Landau and Webb about this 3-D business, then it sounds like there's a very good chance that Spider-Man could very well be shot entirely from the ground up in 3-D and not receive the half-ass conversion treatment that, despite its intricacy and flashy demeanor, make it just a fancy pop-up book without any real depth added to the flick. This is the only way I'll ever be truly excited for a 3-D film.
Studios haven't yet caught on that Avatar wasn't simply a success because of its 3-D, but because it used a combination of technologies coming together to deliver an untapped visual experience that no one had seen before (even if the story was old trick). This is the same false pretense studios gained after The Dark Knight made boatloads of cash in IMAX, and decided to throw tons of movies onto the giant screen. But once again they failed to realize that it wasn't just the humongous screen, but the fact that Christopher Nolan actually shot tons of footage using the IMAX film and camera. Hopefully someone pulls Hollywood's head out of its ass on this 3-D imitation business and gets them on track, starting with Spider-Man. We can only hope!