After Clash of the Titans' murky, universally-hated post-production 3-D conversion made it the whipping boy for after-the-fact gimmickry, you were probably under the impression Warner Brothers would make sure not to repeat their mistake for the film's sequel, right? Well, that was the wrong impression, because Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman--who's been given the thankless task of directing Wrath of the Titans--has revealed that this film, too, will be shot in film and converted to 3-D.
But it will be different this time! See, whereas the first film was constructed to be shown in 2-D, and converted at the last minute, Liebesman has the benefit of already knowing his film's going to look shittier afterward, which makes things better, he seems to think. The director explained to Cinematical:
"I think what you have to remember is the first film was neither shot nor edited with 3D in mind," Liebesman said Wednesday via telephone from the Los Angeles junket for 'Battle: Los Angeles.' "It was shot as a 2D movie and edited as a 2D film, and they decided to convert it with six or seven weeks to go until release, which is insane; the technology was not there. That's why we're conceiving it from the start, from the ground up, in 3D, editing in 3D for 3D."
Liebesman went on to explain his reasoning for shooting in film and converting, rather than just doing the more sensible thing and shooting with digital 3-D cameras, saying:
"I tested a lot of digital cameras, and quite frankly, because I'm going for a sort of much grittier, grounded look in 'Clash 2,' the look I want is almost 'Gladiator' with fantastical creatures in it, I found that the characteristics of film were more what I was going for."
Well, that makes sense, then. Nothing says "grounded" like the 3-D spectacle of Sam Worthington's t-shirt lunging out of the screen.