Michel Gondry Talks About Going 3D with The Green Hornet
by Alex Billington
May 6, 2010
Sony Pictures officially announced a few weeks back that it would be delaying the release of Seth Rogen's The Green Hornet by a few weeks (until next January) and would be "enhancing" the movie in 3D. Well, director Michel Gondry has been doing interviews this week for his documentary The Thorn in the Heart (which I saw at Cannes last year and didn't really care for) but obviously he also talked a little bit about The Green Hornet and, since this is the topic of the year, why they decided to go 3D and why he actually likes 3D. As creative and as brilliant as Gondry is, if he really wants to go 3D on his movie, I'm fine with that.
Although he's been talking to a few websites about 3D, these new quotes are primarily from ComingSoon. Apparently Gondry has been a fan of 3D for a long time, or so he says. "I've always loved 3D. In fact, as a kid, I was exposed to 3D at an early age because my grandfather was a specialist of 3D in cinematheques. And then my cousin put it in Science of Sleep with toilet paper tube cities." I wouldn't really consider that 3D, but I see what he's saying. And in Gondry's mind, 3D opens up so many possibilities. He continues:
"I have a lot of ideas. I'm not supposed to talk about that because people have a lot of opinions, but I'm the one who knows what it really means. It's a tool that I'm really excited to embrace and I have tons of ideas. There's one thing that has never been done and I can't wait to do. That can only be done in 3D. I'm really excited to know that the studio is going for it. It shows, really, that they believe in the film. If they wanted to dump us, they wouldn't have done this."
I certainly hope he's right, because that goes completely against all the rumors from a few weeks back that claimed that Sony was very unhappy with the film so far. Additionally, I'm not sure what exactly his big idea is that has never been done before in 3D (is something like that even possible?), but I'm curious and already excited to see what Gondry has in store for us with The Green Hornet. While I know there are many things to nitpick about this movie, from the cast to the concept in general, I'm still trying to remain optimistic, at least because it's Gondry, and he's one of my favorite filmmakers. Like I said earlier, if he really thinks 3D is the way to go with this, I trust him enough that it'll look great in the end. Or so we can only hope! Right?
If Gondry's really embracing 3D and not just letting people converting his film quickly, I don't know how it couldn't be exciting... (remember that the rumor saying Grenn Hornet was bad came from the same website running the rumor that said Scott Pilgrim was "unreleasable")
brou on May 6, 2010
I hope they pull all this off and the Green Hornet is good and successful.
Zantorian on May 6, 2010
Gondry should start talking about making a good movie again....then I'm all all ears. I really dont want to see his crap at all, let alone in 3D.
Voice of Reason on May 6, 2010
The only good thing about this Grenn Hornet to me is we might be able to get things from the Original show that are not out now
XXX on May 6, 2010
It's time to replace the phrase "jumping the shark" with "going 3D."
matt on May 6, 2010
I agree with Matt. I'm still gonna see this but it will be in 2-D.
Xerxex on May 6, 2010
If anything, the studio's decision to make this 3d (and i stress it was a studio decision) tells me that they have no faith in this making money in 2d alone. I'm amazed that directors have somehow managed to convince themselves that conversion is a sign of support. 3d conversion is not a tool--it just makes you one if you believe that.
germs on May 6, 2010
If this idea of his is only possible in 3D, does that mean they'll cut it out of the 2D release and standard DVDs/Blu-rays? Or is he just spouting self-promotional nonsense? Hmm.
phoenixwright101 on May 6, 2010
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