Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Journey to the Center of the Earth... in 3D

Did you know that Walden Media, the folks behind the Chronicles of Narnia movies, are working on a new adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth? And it's going to be in 3D.

Starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem, Journey 3-D is about a scientist who takes his nephew and a mountain guide on an expedition to a prehistoric lost world at the Earth’s core. In the modernized adaptation by scribe D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) the scientist believes that Verne actually made such a trip and left his original manuscript as a map to the fantastic, subterranean environment.

I'm not concerned with how faithful it is to Verne's book, but the 3D element does worry me a bit. Although there are notable exceptions, it seems that most of the time 3D gets involved in a movie, things like story and characterization sorta get forgotten about. And though I'd like to be optimistic that this might be one of the exceptions, the fact that director Eric Brevig is a special effects guru (The Island, The Day After Tomorrow, Pearl Harbor) who's never directed before doesn't bode well.

But, hey. Brendan Fraser is great and it's bound to have him fighting some dinosaurs, so there's reason to hope.


West said...

Good luck finding a participating theater with 3D tech.

Our IMAX theater had SUPERMAN RETURNS, but lacked the 3D capability that some other locations boasted.

If they go for the old red-n-blues (y'know, the glasses), ... *sigh*

Michael May said...

How does that work, without the glasses? I've never been to a theater that was set up for 3D without them. How do they do it?

West said...

By the first and second parts, I meant that some theaters don't participate, so the movie isn't in 3D.

By the last part, I meant that the 3D effects I've seen with the old red n blue "glasses" paled in-comparison to those I experienced with the colorless variety.

I'm hoping they go for the higher-quality 3D effect, although I think that decreases the chances that the film would be widely available in 3D.

Is that confusing enough? :)

Michael May said...

Oh! I gotcha. So they still wear glasses, but they're not red and blue.

I'm so dense sometimes.


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