Surprise, surprise… two more upcoming blockbusters have decided to pull the trigger at the last minute and shoehorn in some 3-D effects in order to increase their chances of box office success. Is this really news anymore? Probably not. In the case of Sony’s The Green Hornet, however, it also means that the movie is being delayed and will not make its original 2010 holiday release date. Instead it will now hit theatres on January 14th, 2011. Normally I’d be very excited to see what Michel Gondry could do with 3-D, but once again it is being added in post-production like Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans and he will probably not have much to do with it. There were rumours a couple of weeks back that Sony really was not happy with the way The Green Hornet was shaping up… could this 3-D announcement be something they are using to cover up other problems?
As for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the decision to go 3-D is a pretty surprising one, especially this late in the game. The movie hits theatres on July 2nd, and according to Deadline New York, they don’t anticipate any delays. The movie was already developing quite a bit of positive buzz, so let’s hope for their sake that a poor 3-D conversion doesn’t taint the final product. Producer Frank Marshall says via Twitter that “The movie was designed to take advantage of the conversion and the filmmakers will supervise,” but will this actually make a difference or is it just P.R. doublespeak? Do these 3-D announcements change your feelings about either of these upcoming films?