More 3D evangelism from two big budget filmmakers. We’re not 3D bashers. But Cameron can go a bit too far at times.
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Michael Bay. He loves making cars bounce.
According to Screen Rant:
Since the start of production a few months ago, Michael Bay’s Transformers 3 has made a number of unfortunate headlines. Now, we have learned from a source close to Bay that the movie is not being shot in 3D as originally believed.
Instead, next summer you will see yet another product guilty of a post-production 3D conversion. Apparently, filming did begin in 3D, but Bay opted out when the production moved to Chicago.
This news has been met with the usual Internet grumbles. But Brendon Connelly, on Bleeding Cool, treated it with a bit more sophistication. After stating that he “can even see the value in using post-production 3D techniques where appropriate”, he goes on to argue:
If it’s true, then I’m not mystified by this decision at all. Bay likes nothing if it’s not swinging his camera about recklessly and, whether or not he’s right, he’ll likely be convinced that his familiar 2D kit offers more freedom and liberty. The decision to ditch the 3D rig should help Bay get closer to the visual style he wants in the way he was used to getting it.
And there was me thinking the 3D camera was going to force him to be more thoughtful and change his approach a little.
Bay becoming thoughtful? Brendon, you silly, silly man.
Interesting trailer. Looks like the remake follows the original pretty closely. Many shots and scenes pulled straight from the Wes Craven classic.
But does anyone else get the sense from the opening that they might be trying a new spin, making Freddy innocent of his original crimes?
That would be a unique take!
In a recent issue of Wonderland magazine, Megan claimed that Michael Bay tried to “create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”
Well, it seems that didn’t sit too well with some of Bay’s friends. Because three longtime co-workers got miffed. And wrote an open letter to Ms. Fox. (Never a wise move.) Here’s the meat of that missive:
Michael found this shy, inexperienced girl, plucked her out of total obscurity thus giving her the biggest shot of any young actresses’ life. He told everyone around to just trust him on his choice. He granted her the starring role in Transformers, a franchise that forever changed her life; she became one of the most googled and oogled women on earth. She was famous! She was the next Angelina Jolie, hooray! Wait a minute, two of us worked with Angelina – second thought – she’s no Angelina. You see, Angelia is a professional.
We know this quite intimately because we’ve had the tedious experience of working with the dumb-as-a-rock Megan Fox on both Transformers movies. We’ve spent a total of 12 months on set making these two movies.
And it ends with this:
Hopefully Michael will have Megatron squish her character in the first ten minutes of Transformers 3. We can tell you that will make the crew happy!
Funny thing is that the reaction of Bay’s friends doesn’t really counter Fox’s claim that about Bay wanting to create an “insane, infamous mad-man reputation”.
Update: Michael Bay, seeing this situation could spin out of control, posted this cleverly worded statement on his website:
The Crew Letter
09/12/2009 11:32 PM
I don’t condone the crew letter to Megan. And I don’t condone Megan’s outlandish quotes. But her crazy quips are part of her crazy charm. The fact of the matter I still love working with her, and I know we still get along. I even expect more crazy quotes from her on Transformers 3.
Smart move on Bay’s part. This will likely allow the story to pass into obscurity fairly quickly.
Robots smash each other and audiences flock to watch. Even the robot above smashed through a wall to get a peak.
From Deadline Hollywood Daily:
SATURDAY AM: Paramount’s Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen is looking like it took in $36.7M tonight from 4,234 theaters. The studio is now estimating its 3-day weekend cume bigger than expected: $115M vs $90M previously anticipated. That means the robot sequel could get to $204M for the 5-day opening total. Which means the rock’em, sock’em pic, despite lousy reviews, could gun down the 5-day opening record of $203.8M set by last summer’s The Dark Knight.