Darren Aronofsky Changes His Mind on 3D Filmmaking?

While the prognosis for the Robocop remake is still uncertain, this should put to bed rumors that director Darren Aronofsky had qualms about going ahead with the film because MGM wanted it to be in 3D. Read what he had to say in response to those claims after the break.

In an interview with MTV, Aronofsky explains that the reason initial plans for Robocop fell through was due to the financial state of MGM.

The studio is in question, as everyone knows, with ‘The Hobbit’ and all that stuff, and ‘Black Swan’ was ready to go. It just became an easy decision.

As for concerns that he would depart the project over it being in 3D, he offered some clarifying remarks that plant him firmly in the pro-3D camp.

All that stuff with the 3-D. I don’t know where that came from. Actually, I do know where that came from. I did one Q&A and someone asked me about 3-D and it was before I saw Cameron’s film and I wasn’t that into it at the time. Someone connected that to ‘Robocop.’ There’s no truth to that story. With the right project, I’m totally into 3-D. Scorsese’s working in 3-D [on 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret']. I am very curious what that’s going to be. Like everyone, I thought ‘Avatar’ was an incredible experience. I’m also interested in what someone like John Waters would do in 3-D. That’s when it starts to become interesting, when you start to see it used in very interesting, different ways. There is a backlash at this point, and I think that’s just because it’s been overexposed, but that’s just because people are rushing to bank in on it. There’s no doubt that interesting things are going to be done in 3-D.

I could not agree more with Aronofsky, and I must admit, his suggestion of a 3D John Waters movie is tantalizing. 3D doesn’t need to just be limited to action and horror movies; as long as its implemented well, and the technology continues to improve, it should be used for every genre. (And hell, before long, I’m sure it will be.)

History will be the judge, but I think it’s shortsighted to claim that 3D is nothing more than a gimmick, as its potential is entirely dependent on how it’s used. Once we see what directors like Aronofsky and Scorsese are able to do with it, the playing field will really start to open up.

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