Rumor: Crank 3 Going 3D with Bullet-Time?!

March 16, 2008
Source: Collider


We previously announced that Crank 2: High Voltage is in the works, but now the plot thickens - they're also making Crank 3! And that's not it - it's going to be in 3D, too! Steve over at Collider caught up with filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who told him about their ideas for trilogy, including a groundbreaking new moving bullet-time camera system that they're using in Crank 2. If you thought these guys pushed the limits with the first Crank, just wait until you hear what they're working on now.

Mark Neveldine first talked about their ideas for Crank 3. It's not 100% confirmed that they'll go 3D, but it sounds like if the technology advances by the time they start working on it, that's the way they'll go.

"We were actually thinking of trying to do RED 3D for Game for a while. We think it's the way things are going. The problem for us is that the rigs are still a little too cumbersome. They're a bit too big. So for 3D you tend to have a lot of locked off shots, things on cranes, things that are very controlled. We just don't shoot that way man, we like to just pick up the camera and run and go berserk and it doesn't really lend itself to 3D right now."

The RED camera system they're talking about is the latest and greatest behind-the-scenes hot thing in Hollywood. It's a high definition digital system that was design by the guy who founded Oakley, and is of the absolute utmost quality (currently unattainable with other professional digital cameras). To learn more about it, head to Mark and Brian were actually one of the first to use the cameras on Game, the Gerard Butler action film they already finished shooting.

Another one of the ridiculously interesting things they mentioned that should get any movie geek excited is the bullet-time rig they're developing. Mark explains what they're trying to do:

"We're pushing the limits… We're going to be creating a moving bullet[-time] camera that has never been done before. We're putting about 15 cameras onto a piece of speed rail, all these super lightweight cameras that I'll be holding on rollerblades flying around people. So you'll have that image that you've seen in the Matrix, where they stop motion and the cameras spin around, except for the fact that our cameras can spin around and move while the actor moves."

A typical bullet-time rig (as they used in Matrix) consists of upwards of around 100 still cameras rigged around a green screen set. To shoot the scene, each camera shoots one frame to fill in roughly ~30 frames per second of video, and the computer works out the rest (and fills in any gaps). What it sounds like Mark and Brian are trying to do is develop a similar system with cameras rigged to a rail, but build it so that it can be moved with the actor. He even goes as far as to mention the idea of strapping on rollerblades while shooting with it, although I'm guessing a mechanical or hydraulic system would have better (visual) results.


In theory, this sounds like it could be great - an action sequence that implements practical bullet-time that flies in and out and moves around the person while they're "in action" or fighting. Think about Matrix, but if the entire person was moving or running or flying through the air and yet the bullet-time continued. Get it now? Now are you saying to yourself "that's frickin' awesome" like we all are?

There's obviously plenty of time for this to develop and for them to tweak the camera rig. Crank 2: High Voltage is supposed to start shooting in April, and we'll bring any updates we hear from the guys up until then. Mark and Brian already finished shooting Game and are working on post-production for that. After Crank 2, Mark and Brian are likely to start work on adapting the comic book Jonah Hex. Stay tuned for more this coming week!

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the first crank was ok nothing special or anything that deserved a trilogy, but the 3rd one could be fun if done right and not just thrown together to make more money.

Curtis on Mar 16, 2008


I don't get it...first Pathology is hyped as "from the guys that brought you Crank" this? Crank was sh*t.

Michael on Mar 16, 2008


Crank wasn't that great and it wasnt that great of a box office hit either, really a flop. So why are they making a second, AND a third without knowing how the second will do?

Ryan on Mar 16, 2008


i saw crank, it was fun. but they seem like they just want to mess around with new technology and i respect that. they're not all about the money. they want to show us what the new technology can do. and i'm all for it. i welcome this. and IMO, 3d hasn't been too impressive lately but hopefully they'll change that.

craziemutant on Mar 16, 2008


what the hell is your problem, hack? jeez.

Nick O. on Mar 16, 2008


I personally really enjoyed "Crank." It was just a fun, adrenaline-rushed, movie. I'm actually suprised at the publicity and recognition it's getting, which is a little much...either way I'm excited about this technology and "Crank 2!"

Phil on Mar 17, 2008


I agree....hack. Read his post clearly this time. He didn't say Crank was about technology. He was referring to the next one they are making and how it will use newer technology. Think someone needs a timeout.

Heckle on Mar 17, 2008


In regards to post number five. "Hack"? Fitting name.

Conrad on Mar 17, 2008


Im sorry but all you people take movies "TOO FUCKING SERIOUS!!!!" I remember a time when a movie seemed so far fetched but i would still love it. When i see a movie i pretend im in it. Crank was good for a rush movie!!!! Story and all the other stuff ok. But i still loved it. CANT WAIT FOR A 2ND AND 3RD ONE!!! bring it on!!!

REAL6 on Mar 18, 2008


All the crank movies were awesome don't be douchebags, if you don't like action movies just say so, stop being the type going to horror movies screaming in the front row and then telling all your friends the movie sucked because "your never scared" get real people call these fish out.

Justin on Apr 21, 2009


They're making these because unlike 99% of directors and producers, they aren't in it for just the money. They want to make a great film.

UDC on Apr 23, 2009


Crank 2 was like shit, THROW IT AWAY!!! nobody can survive that fall from that heli, Chevi and Ricky would have died. and ricky was already dead before he hit the fucking ground anyway. the plastic heart doesnt work with 50000 volt

Just another asshole on Jun 3, 2009


There are all kinds of movies now. YOU DONT LIKE CRANK? then dont watch and leave this place nobody wants ur opinion on what you dont like go throw urself away your crap.Let us who like Crank to watch it peacefully.LEARN TO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLES WORK.Cause they put some time in those movies and for a Action movie is pretty good. Crank 3 i really cant w8 for it. I wanna see what new ideas they come up with now.

hey assholes on Sep 8, 2009


the crank movies are awesome. some of the stuff in 2 could have been left out i agree. nonetheless they rocked. I think the 3rd should have something to do with skin grafts and he has to search to get his face. at that point he wears a mask around and publicity dubs him as a serial killer on the loose. I think he should, for some reason, have to keep heat in his body. some ways to do that are coffee, sex, liquor, and other crazy shit he'll have to do by the bulk

big guy on Sep 28, 2009


"Crank wasn't that great and it wasnt that great of a box office hit either, really a flop." Haha, a flop? People understand so little about the film industry. The original Crank cost $12million to make and brought in $43million at the box office. That's nearly quadruple the budget before even dvd and blu-ray sales.

Chev's Missing Heart on Dec 9, 2009

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