Quick Cuts: Step Up 3D, Pride & Glory and New Line

Variety brought us the latest on the recent 3D cinema boom: Step Up 3D is in development, with John Chu (Step Up 2 the Streets) attached. Despite the typical fanboy outrage the very thought of a dance movie generates (God forbid a thinly plotted movie with no characters show two people dance rather than fight), I think this is actually an ingenious use of the 3D "gimmick"; I would actually go to see this, unlike the previous two. 3D heightens your experience of movement in a film, and dance flicks are all about movement: the dancers’ as well as the camera’s.

First-time writer-director Gavin O’Connor makes the very unwise career move of publicly blaming New Line chief Bob Shaye for the delay of his film, Pride & Glory, starring Ed Norton and Colin Farrell. The film was to have released on March 14 and has had trailers screened before Atonement, No Country for Old Men, and American Gangster for months. Having seen the trailer, it looks like We Own the Night 2, so I didn’t have much hope for it. Colin Farrell disagrees that the film is "a mess," saying that it’s New Line’s sorry financial state (post-Golden Compass) that’s preventing them from marketing anything. Whatever the case, I get the impression that Shaye had bigger things to worry about in the past few months:

The biggest news of the day is New Line’s absorption into Warner Brothers, ending a 40 year history as one of the biggest independent film studios in Hollywood in order to save a few bucks. The studio’s 600 person staff is expected to be slashed considerably. Time Warner’s new CEO Jeffrey Bewkes commented that "New Line and Warner Bros. will now have more complementary release slates, with New Line focusing on genres that have been its strength."

So, um… probably no Golden Compass sequel.

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 10:55 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Jim Dorey
    on 2008-02-29 at 13:14

    Nope. 3D is not a gimmick. I make it a point to go around and type this out every time I see that being blogged. You wake up in the morning, open your eyes and voila – 3D. What is gimmicky about that? Nuttin.

    If you want the best list of upcoming 3D movies on the ‘net that are rumored, planned, in production or in theaters than check out my blog: http://www.marketsaw.com – 3D is all I do!

    nice blog btw…


  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-02-29 at 14:34

    Thanks, Jim! I’m with you about 3D film; it’s really interesting technology, and one that (despite some of the trifles we’ve seen using 3D to date) may result in some really, amazing filmmaking in the coming years.

    Keep that blog of yours up! I suspect you’re going to get busier, as more and more movies are released in 3D.

  3. Written by MC
    on 2008-03-02 at 00:16

    I think of 3D more as gimmick in the few games I’ve seen that implemented it.

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