Steven Spielberg Dishes Details on 'Lincoln' and the Status of 3D Film
The end of year will be quite busy for Steven Spielberg as both his films The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and War Horse will hit theaters within one week of each other. But the end of 2012 will be equally as exciting as his long-gestating film Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States of America. Spielberg recently spoke to the Orlando Sentinel (via The Film Stage) and he said the film will come out after the 2012 presidential election because he "didn't want it to become political fodder." He also opened up about the time-span in Lincoln's life that his film covers. More below!
While the film is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's detailed book Team of Rivals, Spielberg says, "We’re only focusing in on the last four months of Abraham Lincoln’s life." And while there will be some Civil War battles throughout the film, the director says his film is "not a battlefield movie. There are battles in it, and being in Virginia, we have access to those historic battlefields. It is really a movie about the great work Abraham Lincoln did in the last months of his life." Surely there's plenty of period battles from Spielberg coming from War Horse, but Lincoln sounds like more of a character driven drama than anything.
Moving away from the talk of period dramas, Spielberg also had some comments about the status of 3D in film, and whether or not the technology has already run its course with audiences. Quite smartly, he notes that it will be the audience that decides which films they want to see in 3D, and he seems quite thankful for that:
"3D isn’t dead. Nooo. It’s just waiting for the right film to come along that will make an audience want to see it in 3D and not pay the lesser ticket price to see it in 2D. It’s always up to the audience. 3D is just another tool in our shed. It’s up to the audience to discriminate whether or not they think this or that is worth seeing in 3D. They decide Avatar' is worth a few bucks more in 3D. They decide if ‘Cars 2’ is worth a few bucks less in 2D. Audiences made those choices – ‘Avatar’ in 3D, ‘Cars 2’ in 2D. And that’s the way it’s going to be from now on. Thank goodness the audience always has the final word. In the end, we are all working for them.”
Hopefully that means studios will be more weary of which films need to get a 3D release, especially if that means the film will be converted to 3D rather than being natively shot in 3D. Of course, with films like The Great Gatsby and possible Les Miserables getting the 3D treatment, it might be hard to tell which films audiences truly want to experience in the third dimension. Animated films, like The Adventures of Tintin, will always look stunning in 3D, but live-action films, especially those converted, still have some work to do in order to get audiences to fork over the extra dough for a ticket. What do you think?