Shocking! The Last Airbender is Being Converted to 3D, Too
It's getting to the point where the only news about 3-D should be when a film isn't heading into the third dimension, but I digress. Add another movie onto the pile of 3-D flicks coming out this year as Deadline reports M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, an adaptation of the Nickelodeon series "Avatar: The Last Airbender," will be given a post-production conversion to 3-D. Of course, the recent success of Clash of the Titans in 3-D (no matter how shitty the conversion) is driving the market, but apparently Stereo D, the company that worked on James Cameron's Avatar will oversee the conversion, so there is some hope.
Of course, as almost everyone in the industry and on every blog has been saying that 3-D conversion is the dumb cousin of shooting a film in 3-D and is nothing more than an expensive pop-up book to try and get audiences into theaters to wear goofy glasses for a couple extra bucks. Unless something dramatic happens with 3-D conversion, or some real time is spent on the post-production process instead of trying to rush it in a two month time period (Last Airbender won't be pushed back from its July 2nd release, unlike Clash), I don't think I'll ever see a film converted to 3-D. The sooner you all do the same, the better off we'll all be.
For those who are skeptical, producer Frank Marshall (of Indiana Jones and so much more) has tried to calm some fears by explaining the following on Twitter: "We have been looking at the 3-D for months. The movie was designed to take advantage of the conversion and the filmmakers will supervise." Even if it does look acceptable, my choice will still be to see this film for my first time in 2-D, not 3-D. What about you?