Now picture this in 3D.
The Hollywood Reporter has an article about how the upcoming 3D revamps of the “Toy Story” films will inevitably lead to the 3D-ization (that’s my word) of other films, with speculation and rumors focusing on a possible 3D release of one of the biggest blockbusters of all time: “Titanic.” Word is that an annoucement could come next year; 3D company Lightstorm Entertainment has acknowledged that they’ve done tests of segments of the sinking ship saga.
Now this isn’t as much a slam dunk as it might seem. It costs a lot to turn a 2D film into a 3D one, and there’s still not a lot of 3D theaters in the world, perhaps not even enough to make the transfer and re-release of as big a film as “Titanic” financially viable. Remember, “Titanic” is a long movie, so you can only fit so many showings in a day. A movie like “Toy Story” is probably an hour shorter and can therefore take in several more screenings than “Titanic” could.
Here’s something else I would question about “Titanic.” It’s not a great movie–it’s not awful, but not great. The huge ticket sales were driven largely by teen and pre-teen girls who saw the movie over and over to feed their crushes on the very young Leonardo DiCaprio. But DiCaprio’s all-grown up now and while he’s a reasonably good-looking guy, the slightly androgynous, pretty boy he was in “Titanic” is long gone; that person essentially no longer exists. Will young girls swoon and buy repeat tickets to see someone who is no longer a viable object of their romantic fantasies? Yes, I know that of course he wasn’t viable then, but teen girls always think that somehow they’re going to meet that movie star or singer they have a crush on and he’ll recognize the true beauty of them and marry them (they all think that about Robert Pattinson right now). What I mean is that’s how they would feel about the twenty year old DiCaprio, but if they watch the movie and know that he’s now the almost completely different looking thirty something DiCaprio, will the movie still have the same kind of allure? You can’t turn back time and without that love object to drive the sales, would a “Titanic” re-release be less succesful than people might thing? I’m just wondering.