Disney Announces Theatrical Release of 'The Lion King' in Digital 3D
Last summer we learned that Disney was already in the process of converting The Lion King to 3D for an eventual theatrical release. By this time, Beauty and the Beast was supposed to hit the big screen for a 3D re-release of its own, but that's been pushed back to who knows when. Now THR reports The Lion King will actually be the first of Disney's 3D re-release efforts with their sights set on a September 16th, 2011 release. This also comes hot the heels of the official news that Titanic would be hitting theaters in 3D on April 6th, 2012. Is this be the start of another trend in 3D that will just take more money from audiences?
Back when we first heard about the conversion, Disney producer Don Hahn said, "It's going to be spectacular – we will do a good job for ya! The technology is tremendous. We did A Nightmare Before Christmas a few years ago and Tim thought it was better than the original because it allows you to walk onto the set." Though it seems like another lame cash grab, Alex saw footage of The Beauty and the Beast 3D conversion at ShoWest and thought it looked amazing. Since The Lion King is my favorite Disney film of all-time (some Pixar titles might give it a run for its money), I'll be lining up to check this out later this year. How about you?