Nolan is NOT Converting 'The Dark Knight Rises' to 3D - April Fools!
The Legend Ends. You thought it wasn't possible, now it's happening. Warner Bros has announced that The Dark Knight Rises will also be released in RealD and Dolby Digital 3D theatres simultaneously with its worldwide release in conventional and IMAX theatres starting July 20th this summer. The epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is being post-converted by Burbank's Stereo D LLC, the same company that was most recently in charge of converting Titanic for James Cameron. The news comes confirmed from NolanFans today, press release and all, stating it's still on schedule to hit theaters by July.
The conversion will preserve the immense detail in the original IMAX footage, which will also be converted to 3D by Stereo D. "We're thrilled to be working with Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Warner Bros. to deliver one of the year's biggest films in three dimensions," added Lirpa Sloof, President & Chairman of Stereo D. "Chris has proven to be an immensely talented director. He has the vision and skills to make an immersive blockbuster film that is truly larger than life. We're excited to be a key ingredient in what will surely be the biggest film this side of April." Sounds like they're really going all out, but this movie certainly deserves all the grandeur it can get. Plus, there's something special about the day this news was announced.
Everyone knows I'm not a big fan of 3D and was excited just to see Nolan shoot upwards of an hour of The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX, but now we'll have the chance to experience this snowy, epic finale in the "third dimension." Knowing how incredible Nolan's movies are, and how amazing of a cinematographer Wally Pfister is, I don't think we have anything to be worried about. But I'll probably still choose to see this first in 2D on opening night. Christian Bale returns as Batman, and is joined by Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Caine. The Fire Rises in theaters this July.
UPDATE: As most of you figured out, this was just an April Fools joke. Thank you to Alex of NolanFans for organizing and writing the press release. We thought we'd have a little fun, because obviously everyone is very excited for The Dark Knight Rises, but especially because we know there's absolutely no way Chris or Wally would ever let this go 3D. Hope we didn't make too many of you jump! Or maybe we hope we did.