Battleship has decided to not go 3D, thus showing that director Peter Berg (for the moment) can stay off a bandwagon. MTV Movies Blog reports that Universal and Berg have decided not to shoot the film in 3D, and I’m sure somewhere James Cameron just puked in his mouth a little bit. Then again, Berg has crafted what sounds like a much better story that involves aliens but with a District 9-style approach (they’re not just “the enemy”, but a side of a legitimate battle) mixed with good, old-fashioned naval warfare.
Other summer 2012 releases, such as the Spider-Man reboot and Stretch Armstrong, have been reeled in by “The Avatar Effect”, but Berg’s picture will stand apart and attempt to rely on quaint storytelling devices like “compelling characters,” “dramatic tension,” and “exhilarating set pieces.” I’m not saying that the movie will receive these commendations, but at least it’s trying to be a big summer blockbuster without the 3D veneer. But keep in mind that just because they’re not shooting in 3D, doesn’t mean Universal won’t convert the film to 3D in post-production.
Hit the jump to read what producer and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner had to say about using antiquated 2D technology.
Here’s what Goldner had to say regarding the decision to keep Battleship 2D:
“I think it’s a really unique story and unlike a lot of those other alien stories this is really not about aliens that came here to do us harm,” producer and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner told MTV News. “So I think you’ll find the story really interesting in that it doesn’t begin as a fight.”
Battleship is currently slated to hit theaters on May 25, 2012.