Remember when 3D was considered tacky? It doesn't seem so long ago that I would mention old, wacky 3D films in conversation and get strange looks from people. "Why would you want to wear those annoying glasses?" It seemed like a quickly-faded fad, but not anymore. It looks like 3D is here to stay, and it isn't just influencing North American film. Variety reports that after the current rise in popularity of animated features, Central Partnership, an independent Russian production company, is getting into the game with a pricey stake in an upcoming 3D cartoon based on William Shakespeare's ultra-classic romance, Romeo and Juliet.

Peregrine is the working title for the film, which focuses on Mitya, a peregrine falcon who is adopted at birth by a family of pigeons. I imagine Mitya will fall for another bird species and thus tap into all that Romeo and Juliet goodness with warring families and ruffled feathers -- the film is set to include Moscow pigeons, sparrows, and falcons. Konstantin Khabensky, who will soon appear in the Angelina Jolie film Wanted as The Exterminator, will voice Mitya, while Renata Litvinova (The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish) will voice a pigeon named Galya. The film is set to fly into theaters later this year or early 2009.