On Thursday, Cinematical posted a story about director Jonathan Liebesman's plans to convert his upcoming film 'Clash of the Titans 2' (also known as 'Wrath of the Titans') into 3D rather than shoot the film with 3D cameras. In his explanation, he indicated that the film's distributor, Warner Bros., showed him a number of 3D conversions which convinced him that the process improved since the first 'Clash of the Titans,' and said that Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' was among the films he said he saw.
Since then, we've contacted a number of folks who work with Nolan and Warner Brothers in an attempt to find out more specific details about the possibility that 'Inception' was being converted into 3D for a future Blu-ray or possible theatrical re-release. Friday morning, a representative for Warner Home Video responded with a decidedly vague but nevertheless promising answer to our question:
"At this time, the plans for 'Inception' 3D cannot be confirmed."
Suffice it to say that the response amounts to what Ben Bradlee in 'All the President's Men' would describe as a "non-denial denial," which means that they did not say yes, it's going to happen, but they didn't say no either. But given Nolan's earlier criticisms of 3D photography, it seems like it wouldn't be difficult to get a definitive no from either him or the folks at Warner Brothers, who I suspect want to keep him happy as he prepares to undertake the final installment in his series of Batman films, 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
In any case, exactly what this means for the future of 'Inception' in 3D has yet to be revealed. As an alternate presentation of Nolan's very visually immersive film, we'd love to see the film in 3D, especially if it also serves as an example of a 3D conversion done well, as Liebesman suggested. But we'll keep you posted as more information becomes available. And who knows, maybe the online buzz generated by the story will "incept" Warner Bros. to accelerate an official announcement -- but hopefully not the conversion itself.