G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu recently did an interview with MTV in which he talks about the film's 3D conversion, as well as the other 1980's film project he's working on, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
I really want to push how we use the 3-D. Especially since we pushed the movie date, I want to fulfill the promise to the fans that the 3-D will be great, and enhances the experience of the movie. So every step of the way, I’m in that room, watching… It’s hurting my eyes, but we’re getting it better, and pushing it further.
I'm not the biggest fan of 3D conversion, even with big films like The Avengers, it was actually kind of pointless. It's not like 3D makes the movie better. It just costs us more to go see it. Here he talks about working with 3D on his previous film Step Up 3D and the Justin Bieber 3D doc and how that helped.
So being around that (Shooting 3-D), I know what we are actually capable of doing. If we had shot it in 3-D, there’s a lot of things that we would shot in a 3D way. Fortunately, a lot of our shots, I guess it was in my brain anyway. We had a lot of depth in our shots, or let our shots play longer. For me, if we’re going to do this, we have to make sure it enhances the experience. That’s where we are right now, and it’s a slow painful process, to be honest!
He goes on to admit that there's still a few more things he's changing, in fact he wants to shoot some more stuff in 3D,
I’m trying to convince them to give me a couple days to do a couple of enhancements. But as of right now, we’ll see what they let me do. I really want to shoot some of the sections in 3-D to give it that edge… But we’ll see if time permits, and they’re down to do that.
The film is actually finished, but apparently this will give it a little more pop. I was excited for the new G.I. Joe movie! I was a bit disappointed that it didn't get released this summer -- when it was supposed to. Now I'm all worried the movie is going to suck. I hope it doesn't! I've just been hearing so many negative things. Now on to Masters of the Universe!
I’m really excited about that one! We’re really early in the process… We’re working on the script, to make it better and stronger. We’re designing a bunch of stuff. I learned on Joe that to make it right, you have to do a lot of experimenting first, and you have to trust that during the process you’ll find where the tonal line is… It’s so delicate.
As far as casting goes for the movie, Chu has no idea yet.
A lot of people ask, who are you going to cast? We’re not even there yet, we’re just trying to get the character of the movie down. This is one of the most fun parts, where all the possibilities are open, and we’re just playing in the sandbox.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29th, 2013. Are any of you still excited for G.I. Joe, or has that just faded away?