Baz Luhrmann and Michael Mann Considering 3D for Next Films?
While we've been getting used to major blockbusters and tentpoles going 3D, it sounds like some directors whose films aren't normally full of huge CG creatures and hundreds of special effects shots, might also be venturing into the third dimension. Straight from the filmmakers themselves, Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) and Michael Mann (Public Enemies) have hinted that their next projects might be in 3D. Word from Luhrmann comes from THR where he mentioned that his forthcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring Carey Mulligan was workshopped in 3D. As for Mann, he was a little less specific about which project might be in the 3D format.
Though both haven't made solid decisions regarding the use of 3D, Luhrmann seems closer to actually following through considering his workshop with the format. While The Great Gatsby seems like a strange choice for a 3D film, Luhrmann's trademark stylistic visuals and storytelling techniques seem to be more friendly to 3D than what Mann has in mind. Here's what the Collateral director said on a panel for the Consumer Electronics Show (via Bleeding Cool), "I would probably shoot… just a pure dialogue drama I would shoot in 3D."
Does that mean he might be considering shooting Capa, the war photographer biopic starring Andrew Garfield and Gemma Arterton, in 3D? Or perhaps two of his previously mentioned projects, Big Tuna or Agincourt, are more suited for him to play with the format. At this point we can only speculate, but the fact that filmmakers who don't usually craft big budget tentpoles are moving towards 3D seems to imply that this trend is more than a gimmick. What do you think?