Friends, I have a question: Do you feel the need? The need for what, you ask?
The need for speed.
Oy. I feel the need for a sharp punch to the temple. Hollywood, in its infinite wisdom, has deemed Tony Scott’s 1986 Tom-Cruise-flies-a-fighter-jet movie Top Gun to be “classic” enough to merit a 3D conversion and re-release. A four-minute preview of the movie screened in Amsterdam today, the movie’s “Danger Zone” flight scene, according to The Hollywood Reporter. With that chunk successfully converted, is the rest really necessary?
What’s notable here isn’t so much the movie selected for conversion as it is the business model of Legend 3D, which is tasked with making the movie ready for 2012 theaters (the plan is to release it next year). Legend 3D intends to offer studios a cheaper option for converting older films to 3D than they’ve previously had. It’s all part of an ongoing industry push to make going to movie theaters matter again, an increasingly difficult prospect in a world filled with beautiful LED TVs and home theater sound systems.