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Now that Avatar is the second-highest-grossing film of all time, 3D is finally confirmed as the future of movies. In a way, it's as if The Jazz Singer hadn't really harked the arrival of talkies and instead it took until Frankenstein arrived four years later to prove converting to sound was truly worth it. Anyway, just as films in production in the late 1920s were quickly turned into talkies, this year we keep hearing word of upcoming blockbusters being turned into 3D releases. For example, The Sunday Times is certain Ridley Scott's Robin Hood will indeed be available, as rumored, in both 3D and 2D versions when it opens this May (UPDATE: Universal says the Times is incorrect in this information).
The Times additionally reports on what we've been expecting for years now, that theatrical favorites like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings will now definitely receive 3D-version re-releases. The LOTR trilogy could apparently be out in the format by Christmas 2012, timed to follow the release of the second part of The Hobbit (which may end up being 3D after all, too). Action sequences from the films have already been tested in 3D by the effects company Weta and are quoted as being "gob-smacking." The Times believes the Star Wars trilogies will be retrofitted for 3D even sooner, with George Lucas already spending $10 million for the conversion.
Personally, I don't buy that it's Avatar's box office that signaled any change in Hollywood. 3D has been deemed a success in theatrical release for years and we've even already seen old films like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story re-released in 3D. No, I think it's the 3D Blu-ray and 3D television arrivals that are more interesting to Hollywood, which would only be satisfied if it could eventually put out 3D versions of Star Wars and LOTR in retail stores for purchase. And now it can.
Regardless of the reason, studios are surely now looking through their catalogs to determine which films will be retro-fitted and which will be given theatrical or solely Blu-ray re-release. The Times believes likely action titles will include The Matrix and Top Gun. In the past there's been talk of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Titanic. I'd like to see 3D versions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (fat chance) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (fatter chance).
What would you like to see re-released in 3D now that it's possible for the retro-fitted films to come to your living room?