Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM Will Be Released in 3D; Del Toro Explains Why the Format Isn’t a Good Fit

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Though this doesn’t exactly come as a shock, Warner Bros. will apparently be post-converting Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim to 3D.  THR reports that the large-scale monsters vs. robots movie will be getting a 3D release.  While nearly every blockbuster these days is released in the format, del Toro told Steve at Comic-Con that after many discussions with Warner Bros. he had convinced them not to convert the film to 3D.  Hit the jump to hear Del Toro’s reasoning on why Pacific Rim and 3D isn’t a good fit, and to find out why Warner Bros. may have ultimately decided the format was necessary for the film.

pacific-rim-comic-con-posterDuring an interview at Comic-Con in July, del Toro explained his reasoning as to why 3D didn’t make sense for Pacific Rim.

“I didn’t want to make the movie 3D because when you have things that big, the thing that happens naturally is you’re looking at two buildings at 300 feet.  If you move, the buildings don’t go like this (moves his hands closer together), there’s no parallax.  They’re so big that you barely notice anything no matter how fast you’re moving, so to force the 3D effect on robots and monsters that are supposed to be that high, you’re making them miniaturized, you’re making them human-scale.  I knew that the 3D effect sounded like a great idea, but it was gonna be counter.”

I’m not one to argue with del Toro’s logic, but there may be larger issues at play in Warner Bros.’ decision to release Pacific Rim in 3D.  China is a huge market for American films, and currently the country will only allow American films to screen if they are in 3D or IMAX.  Pacific Rim boasts an international cast and a great deal of the action takes place in Japan, so Warner Bros. understandably would like to take full advantage of the film’s appeal to the Asian market.

At the end of the day, domestic moviegoers will have the option of seeing Pacific Rim in either 2D or 3D.  Though it certainly sounds like del Toro would prefer audiences see the film in 2D, it’s highly unlikely that he won’t be intricately involved in the 3D post-conversion to ensure that the quality of the film is maintained.  Luckily the pic doesn’t hit theaters until July 12th, 2013, so del Toro’s team has plenty of time to fine-tune the conversion.

Watch Steve’s interview with del Toro below.  The 3D talk starts around the 3:20 mark.




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  • TheHOYT

    I can’t wait for the trailer for this film. I’m guessing we won’t get one until Christmas?

    • kevin

      The trailer supposedly is playing before Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, of which releases around or on Christmas.

  • Pocketses

    I cannot express how disconcerting it is to see this kind of control forced over a fairly well-known director by the studio. If the film-maker doesn’t think it needs or would benefit from 3D (no film does) then don’t post convert it. This is the biggest hurdle for me to want to see this film…

    • Matt1

      So go see it in 2D and stop your whining!!

      • dogg

        When idiots stop shelling out extra for this stupid 3D gimmick, they’ll stop doing it.

      • justin

        3-D is not going awayyy!! Get over it!!

      • James

        But it’s not simply a “stupid gimmick.” It’s a valid filmmaking tool depending on whose hands it’s in. Let the idiots keep shelling out the money for them if it means that movies like Hugo and Life of Pi will keep getting made.

    • Bolland

      As long as theres an option to see it in 2D, I have little problem with it. (As long as they also show the 2D showings on a Bigger screen. Thats my only beef. Some 2D films get put onto the smaller screens as my theater, and the biggest saved for 3D)

      Some films look great in 3D, some better in 2D.
      Avatar=3D. Promethius=2D.

      3D actually for the most part even improved Phantom Menace, wasnt perfect, but it made a lot of those jarring(excuse pun) green screen backdrops, and cgi characters and green screened actors, all blend seemlessly so that they were all, well 3 dimensional, and on the right plane.

      DREDD 3d, I’m not sure if there was a 2D showing of that, but it was good in 3D. Added a bigger budget feel to a lowish budget movie. (Which was amazing film by the way!)

  • Pocketses

    I cannot express how disconcerting it is to see this kind of control forced over a fairly well-known director by the studio. If the film-maker doesn\’t think it needs or would benefit from 3D (no film does) then don\’t post convert it. This is the biggest hurdle for me to want to see this film…

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  • gimpsuit

    Watch it in 2D like your good buddy GTD tells you to and stop whining on like a little bitch. Films aren’t jsut made for American’s anymore, the rest of the world really likes 3D and that’s where this film will make most of its money.
    Every film isn’t made just for YOU or to your exact specifications.

  • Vinyard

    Um, what has del Toro done that makes him SUCH a luminary in the film industry? Not to say he is not talented, yet the question remains?
    His mainstream start was with Blade 2. Then Hellboy, which did okay numbers. Then the highly-praised Pan’s Labyrinth; yet still no real breakthrough. Then Hellboy 2. His name’s out there, but he’s not Cameron or Spielberg.
    Yes, we’re all aware of his excellent work in Mexican-Spanish productions before he had mainstream success.
    But to think that your film WILL NOT BE IN 3-D in a market-place that is predicated on higher-ticket premiums OR because it’s a licensed franchise (i.e., The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight Rises) is almost hubris at this point. Sure, go tell the geeks what they wanna hear. 3-D is the future of cinema as much as color was: this film surely had a clause written into its production that at any time Warners could post-convert to 3-D and I doubt it wasn’t planned all along with Guillermo being well-aware of this fact. After all, this was shot digitally which makes the post-conversion process slightly (or sometimes immensely) quicker. That fact almost assured that Pacific Rim was going to be converted to 3-D.
    Besides, doing a film with giant Robots and Mutants sounds like the perfect recipe for 3-D if there ever was one whilst simultaneously assuming an “original” idea such as said one would be a safe bet to dump $150-$200m into without the possibility of higher-ticket premiums.

  • Cody B

    If they wanted it to play for Asian audiences then they should have gone down the IMAX route. To me Pacific Rim just screams IMAX. Just die already 3D

    • James

      Bad 3D films can die. Yes. BUT the directors who have true skill and imagination will insure that good 3D flourishes and stays around for a long time.

  • oaktreeradar

    You tell em Guillermo

  • Zeiram

    This just looks like the Mass Effect game series! How is that original?

    • markymark33624

      Mass Effect does not have giant humanoid robots and monsters. This movie seems more like a cross between Power Rangers and the Japanese anime, The Big O.

    • Yu Sheng Wu

      I don’t remember “Mass Effect” as a game revolving around the “Kaiju Vs. Robots” route….so what if the suits look like the N7 armor?

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  • Jeff W

    If anyone wants a true 3D Experience with Pacific Rim, tell me and I will come sit behind you in the theater, whenever the robots and monsters fight, I will punch you silly. So you get the FULL EFFECT of a 3 D Movie…..Just a suggestion.

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