Warner Bros. has strong-armed Guillermo del Toro to convert “Pacific Rim” to 3D.
The alien invasion pic, which bows July 12, has all the ingredients for a 3D tentpole — giant robots vs. aliens in a planet-wide battle to save humanity. But at Comic-Con in July, del Toro said he was resistant to converting the film to 3D because of the scale and size of the pic’s creatures. The director has never released a 3D pic.
In the end, the prospect of the 3D upcharge — especially overseas — was likely too much for Warners to resist.
Some naysayers criticized Universal for not releasing similar alien invasion pic “Battleship” in 3D. The big-budget misfire certainly would have paid for its 3D conversion internationally at least. Warner, meanwhile, has been more bullish with the format. (Consider “Wrath of the Titans.”)
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Warner, which also will offer “Pacific Rim” in 2D, expects to finish the pic’s conversion in time for a mid-July release date.