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Louis Leterrier says 3D conversion of Clash of the Titans was "horrible" and a "gimmick to steal money from the audience"

May. 28, 2013by: Niki Stephens

When Louis Leterrier's CLASH OF THE TITANS came out in 2010, one of the biggest complaints was the rush job on the 3D. The studio decided at the last minute to do the 3D conversion and it all was done in 10 weeks...and it showed. Also, sorry to remind you of this but I thought it was very cool of the director to be so candid about the ordeal while talking to Huffington Post:

Huffington Post: I have to say, you seem like a much happier human being right now than when I spoke to you for "Clash of the Titans."

Louis Leterrier: It was a very tough experience. I was literally thrown under the bus for something that ... I still have a good relationship with Warner Bros., but at one point it was like, "Yeah, Louis chose the 3D." And I was like, "No, guys, I didn't choose the 3D. I actually told you it's not working. I couldn't control it. I said don't do it."

HuffPo: The 3D on "Clash of the Titans" was famously rushed.

LL: Yeah, exactly. It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I'm a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it's not my movie. "Clash of the Titans" is not my movie. And ultimately that's why I didn't do the sequel.

We've had several discussions on the site on the pros and cons of 3D. Is it worth the money? Which audiences does it ideally appeal to? What is the shelf life? The only time I went to see a movie strictly for the 3D was AVATAR. Hell, that was the number one reason. James Cameron poured his heart into bringing the effect new life and showing that it was more than just a gimmick. But was that a one time thing? Why are we continuing to do this to films if for nothing more than to jack up prices at the theater? I think it works for kids, who love being able to be so close to their favorite characters. I also saw the re-release of JURASSIC PARK, and the 3D was neat but I was there to strictly experience one of my favorite films once more.

So is 3D part of the experience or are we merely being tricked into thinking it is? Are more filmmakers having to "roll with the punches" when the decision comes down to add the 3D aspect to a film? What impact will this leave on cinema down the road?

Source: Huffington Post

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7:43PM on 05/30/2013
Not a big fan of normal 3D but iam a huge fan of IMAX 3D.it feels very real and lifelike if its done correctly
Not a big fan of normal 3D but iam a huge fan of IMAX 3D.it feels very real and lifelike if its done correctly
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7:55PM on 05/29/2013
I have never watched any recent movie in 3D & don't plan to, it's still a gimmick to me & always will be.
I have never watched any recent movie in 3D & don't plan to, it's still a gimmick to me & always will be.
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2:58PM on 05/29/2013
I lived in a much smaller town when this came out, and it only had the freaking film in 3D, I was pissed. Respect him for admitting this. Watched Hugo in 3D, and it was great, just like Avatar. How to Train your Dragon is another great example.
I lived in a much smaller town when this came out, and it only had the freaking film in 3D, I was pissed. Respect him for admitting this. Watched Hugo in 3D, and it was great, just like Avatar. How to Train your Dragon is another great example.
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1:58PM on 05/29/2013
Avatar is still the only movie I have seen in theaters where the 3-d was truly spectacular. Can't wait for part 2. That being said, I have tons of respect now for Letterier admitting the 3-d on Clash was a money grab,
Avatar is still the only movie I have seen in theaters where the 3-d was truly spectacular. Can't wait for part 2. That being said, I have tons of respect now for Letterier admitting the 3-d on Clash was a money grab,
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1:07PM on 05/29/2013

3D is is worth it when the time and effort is put in it

As said in the article, 3D sucks when rushed. It's not even that it really 'sucks', it's just not good in dimension. The best films I've seen in 3D: Avatar, Jackass 3D, and Titanic. If a movie like Titanic and be post converted really well, what the hell is everyone else doing out there??
As said in the article, 3D sucks when rushed. It's not even that it really 'sucks', it's just not good in dimension. The best films I've seen in 3D: Avatar, Jackass 3D, and Titanic. If a movie like Titanic and be post converted really well, what the hell is everyone else doing out there??
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5:58AM on 05/29/2013

I hate 3D unless it is done right....

For my money only two flicks have done it right: Avatar and Hugo. In both caes the directors intended to make a 3D movie where the 3D was used to embed the audience into the movie. There's no point in using 3D to make the action jump out at the audience. It rarely does anything except come off as a cheesy trick, but it certainly increases ticket costs.
For my money only two flicks have done it right: Avatar and Hugo. In both caes the directors intended to make a 3D movie where the 3D was used to embed the audience into the movie. There's no point in using 3D to make the action jump out at the audience. It rarely does anything except come off as a cheesy trick, but it certainly increases ticket costs.
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1:37AM on 05/29/2013

remeber when...

Friday the 13th III:3d
JAWS 3 in 3d
Metalstorm: the Destruction of Jared Sighn was in 3d
back in the '70s and '80s they KNEW how to "make movies for 3d" and they KNEW it was TOTALLY a gimmick... now they slap that shit on anything and everything and it becomes worthless.... last movie to really utilize 3d was DREDD... and NOBODY SAW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
why dont they spend time on the WRITING and DIRECTING instead of POLISHING A TURD... a shiny turd is just a shiny piece of CRAP!!!!!
Friday the 13th III:3d
JAWS 3 in 3d
Metalstorm: the Destruction of Jared Sighn was in 3d
back in the '70s and '80s they KNEW how to "make movies for 3d" and they KNEW it was TOTALLY a gimmick... now they slap that shit on anything and everything and it becomes worthless.... last movie to really utilize 3d was DREDD... and NOBODY SAW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
why dont they spend time on the WRITING and DIRECTING instead of POLISHING A TURD... a shiny turd is just a shiny piece of CRAP!!!!!
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11:18PM on 05/28/2013

I didnt see this crap at all

Clash remake... = SUCK
Clash remake... = SUCK
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9:29PM on 05/28/2013

Opening for Hulk

If you read the whole article Louis talks about TIH and about a opening scene that had he and Norton had Banner trying to kill himself with a gun and Hulk stopping it. He mentions that the studio balked at a this idea, it would be pretty intense. Funny thing is that the idea was placed in Avengers with Banner telling the crew when he got low and tried to end it and that the "other guy" spit it out.

From the article
Which scene was this?
It was the psychoanalysis scene. It was a very
If you read the whole article Louis talks about TIH and about a opening scene that had he and Norton had Banner trying to kill himself with a gun and Hulk stopping it. He mentions that the studio balked at a this idea, it would be pretty intense. Funny thing is that the idea was placed in Avengers with Banner telling the crew when he got low and tried to end it and that the "other guy" spit it out.

From the article
Which scene was this?
It was the psychoanalysis scene. It was a very interesting character scene -- to go back to what we were talking about. It was analysis, going into the dark places of Bruce Banner -- very adult themes. It was a great scene and the scene is on the DVD. But also the start of the movie, something I did, which is Bruce Banner walking to the edge of the world to commit suicide, then the Hulk saves him. And the studio said, "There's no way we are starting this movie with a guy putting a gun into his mouth." Which I understand, but then it was informing who this character was and his relationship with his alter-ego. All of that stuff made it deeper, if you will.
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9:01PM on 05/28/2013
Cell phones in theaters have effectively deterred me from theaters for nearly 2 whole years. 3D movies don't help my situation.
Cell phones in theaters have effectively deterred me from theaters for nearly 2 whole years. 3D movies don't help my situation.
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7:47PM on 05/28/2013
When I saw Iron Man 3 the 2D shows sold out more than 3D, which means most audiences don't care for it.

Also, wasn't it rumored that the studio edited Clash of the Titans taking control away from Leterrier? I know the movie sucked, but I was curious if there might ever be a Director's Cut that makes the movie better.
When I saw Iron Man 3 the 2D shows sold out more than 3D, which means most audiences don't care for it.

Also, wasn't it rumored that the studio edited Clash of the Titans taking control away from Leterrier? I know the movie sucked, but I was curious if there might ever be a Director's Cut that makes the movie better.
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6:25PM on 05/28/2013

I saw it in 2D...

and still felt ripped off.
and still felt ripped off.
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5:41PM on 05/28/2013

I wish 3D...

would just die out already seriously, its really annoying. Like some flicks are pretty solid in 3D but most are just junk. I can't even remember the last good 3D film I saw.
would just die out already seriously, its really annoying. Like some flicks are pretty solid in 3D but most are just junk. I can't even remember the last good 3D film I saw.
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4:58PM on 05/28/2013

Some Director do agree 3D is not an option

Well, to be honest, I dont fucking like a movie in 3D & i tried only once & never will again..If a movie's great then its is great..if the movie is a piece of shit, its useless to be in 3D..

At least i heard from somewhere here that Guillermo Del Toro said about agreeing 3D is an option BUT NOT FOR ALL MOVIES, which he made Pacific Rim in 2D as in 3D, big robot will look small, buildings will look like kids' toy house...
Well, to be honest, I dont fucking like a movie in 3D & i tried only once & never will again..If a movie's great then its is great..if the movie is a piece of shit, its useless to be in 3D..

At least i heard from somewhere here that Guillermo Del Toro said about agreeing 3D is an option BUT NOT FOR ALL MOVIES, which he made Pacific Rim in 2D as in 3D, big robot will look small, buildings will look like kids' toy house...
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4:19PM on 05/28/2013
Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Green Hornet and MIB3 are the only movies I have seen in 3D. I will always choose 2D if given the option.
Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Green Hornet and MIB3 are the only movies I have seen in 3D. I will always choose 2D if given the option.
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3:21PM on 05/28/2013

Enough already!

You want to know why Dredd 3D flop despite the positive reviews? The studio asked the audience to pay extra for a remake of a film they didn't like the first time around. Are we supposed to be surprised they didn't take a chance on it? We used to only see 3D films once in a while and when we did, it wasn't hard to find a 2D version at the same theater. Now, the biggest films have one screen with a 2D and the rest have none or are very hard to find. People have no problem watching movies in 2D
You want to know why Dredd 3D flop despite the positive reviews? The studio asked the audience to pay extra for a remake of a film they didn't like the first time around. Are we supposed to be surprised they didn't take a chance on it? We used to only see 3D films once in a while and when we did, it wasn't hard to find a 2D version at the same theater. Now, the biggest films have one screen with a 2D and the rest have none or are very hard to find. People have no problem watching movies in 2D (see Furious 6) but studios are trying to forced them into 3D so they can make more money. They're killing the Golden Goose.
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5:41PM on 05/28/2013
Thank you!
Thank you!
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3:08PM on 05/28/2013

3D is a hit and miss

3D has worked for some films, and when it works it's pretty amazing.
Avatar, Hugo, Prometheus, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Jurassic Park 3D, Life of Pi, The Hobbit, Tintin.
Jurassic Park 3D was a rare case where post 3D conversion actually worked and was impressive. Otherwise, a movie studio's last minute decision to convert a film to 3D usually doesn't go well at all.
P.S. Louis Leterrier needs to also accept the fact that his version, 3D or not, had none of the colossal impact the
3D has worked for some films, and when it works it's pretty amazing.
Avatar, Hugo, Prometheus, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Jurassic Park 3D, Life of Pi, The Hobbit, Tintin.
Jurassic Park 3D was a rare case where post 3D conversion actually worked and was impressive. Otherwise, a movie studio's last minute decision to convert a film to 3D usually doesn't go well at all.
P.S. Louis Leterrier needs to also accept the fact that his version, 3D or not, had none of the colossal impact the original 1981 version had.
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2:20PM on 05/28/2013
Thumb me down but I really enjoyed Clash of the Titans AND Wrath of the Titans. Saw both at home and didn't have to bother with the 3D but I thought they were great and the visuals were stunning.
Thumb me down but I really enjoyed Clash of the Titans AND Wrath of the Titans. Saw both at home and didn't have to bother with the 3D but I thought they were great and the visuals were stunning.
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2:06PM on 05/28/2013

Soooo

What's his excuse for the equally awful sequel?
What's his excuse for the equally awful sequel?
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2:12PM on 05/28/2013
"it wasn't me". or "talk to Jonathan Liebesman"
"it wasn't me". or "talk to Jonathan Liebesman"
4:12PM on 05/28/2013
Thumb me down all you want assholes..Wrath of the Titans was a pile of shit
Thumb me down all you want assholes..Wrath of the Titans was a pile of shit
4:30PM on 05/28/2013
He had nothing to do with the sequel, dumbass.
He had nothing to do with the sequel, dumbass.
2:02PM on 05/28/2013
Since 2010 I've had to drive over an hour to find theaters that were playing 2D versions of 3D movies that I wanted to see. When I got to the theater the movies would all play on the smallest screen in the building with sound barely louder than a TV. And this was on opening day for each film. I'd find other theaters and run into the same problem. But this year it's been different. I've found excellent 2D showings of most movies, and I'd notice on Fandango that the 2D show would sell out and the
Since 2010 I've had to drive over an hour to find theaters that were playing 2D versions of 3D movies that I wanted to see. When I got to the theater the movies would all play on the smallest screen in the building with sound barely louder than a TV. And this was on opening day for each film. I'd find other theaters and run into the same problem. But this year it's been different. I've found excellent 2D showings of most movies, and I'd notice on Fandango that the 2D show would sell out and the 3D wouldn't. So maybe Hollywood and theater chains are finally taking note? My take is, 3D should be there for those who like it, but 2D fans shouldn't be left out in the cold. And if it's an IMAX release, make half the showings 2D. Nothing beats the IMAX experience and both 3D and 2D fans deserve movies in that format.
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1:54PM on 05/28/2013
I don't hate the film - it's so-so, but yes the 3D was abysmal. It was fairly instrumental in putting me off post-converted 3D to the point that i rarely see them now unless there's no other option. If something's shot in 3D, that's another matter, and post-conversion is improving, but 3D's still a gimmick, and one that's expensive for the audience.
Ticket prices for non-3D films have risen massively in 3D's wake too.
I should imagine most filmmakers have a studio take a massive dump over
I don't hate the film - it's so-so, but yes the 3D was abysmal. It was fairly instrumental in putting me off post-converted 3D to the point that i rarely see them now unless there's no other option. If something's shot in 3D, that's another matter, and post-conversion is improving, but 3D's still a gimmick, and one that's expensive for the audience.
Ticket prices for non-3D films have risen massively in 3D's wake too.
I should imagine most filmmakers have a studio take a massive dump over them at some point in their careers. If you still have a career afterwards you're one of the lucky ones.
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1:13PM on 05/28/2013

The film was horrible and a gimmick

I saw it on DVD and couldn't believe how bad it was.
I saw it on DVD and couldn't believe how bad it was.
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1:24PM on 05/28/2013
Waited for it on DVD as well, couldn't believe how un-entertaining it really was.
Waited for it on DVD as well, couldn't believe how un-entertaining it really was.
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1:02PM on 05/28/2013
I saw Avatar and the Hobbit in 3D, both films shot for that purpose, and I feel no need to see another one. Give me 2D, give me 24fps. The rest is all bells and whistles.
I saw Avatar and the Hobbit in 3D, both films shot for that purpose, and I feel no need to see another one. Give me 2D, give me 24fps. The rest is all bells and whistles.
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1:31PM on 05/28/2013
You said it man!
You said it man!
12:57PM on 05/28/2013

Is 3D on the Way Out?

I looked at Fandango earlier today and noticed that Iron Man 3D and Star Trek 3D were only playing once a day. Now, this is a theater that would play the 2D version of a film once a day just six months ago but now they've flipped-flopped. I found it interesting and it might be telling of the demise of 3D.
I looked at Fandango earlier today and noticed that Iron Man 3D and Star Trek 3D were only playing once a day. Now, this is a theater that would play the 2D version of a film once a day just six months ago but now they've flipped-flopped. I found it interesting and it might be telling of the demise of 3D.
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12:53PM on 05/28/2013
Sorry to be the off topic nagger, but improper use of the word literally is one of my major pet peeves ... But was he really "literally" thrown under the bus? If so the execs at WB are guilty of much bigger crimes than forcing a director to use a gimmick to take more audience money!
Sorry to be the off topic nagger, but improper use of the word literally is one of my major pet peeves ... But was he really "literally" thrown under the bus? If so the execs at WB are guilty of much bigger crimes than forcing a director to use a gimmick to take more audience money!
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12:51PM on 05/28/2013
i never really saw the trouble with 3d but then again in england 3d and 2d are the same price, with a what is essentially a dollar for new pair of glasses.. so for me i wait for a review if the film is good in 3d i'll watch in 3d if not then i'll watch it in 2d.

still the article show how greedy the film industry is america... and bravo for louis leterrier for speaking out about it.
i never really saw the trouble with 3d but then again in england 3d and 2d are the same price, with a what is essentially a dollar for new pair of glasses.. so for me i wait for a review if the film is good in 3d i'll watch in 3d if not then i'll watch it in 2d.

still the article show how greedy the film industry is america... and bravo for louis leterrier for speaking out about it.
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2:02PM on 05/28/2013
Have to disagree.
I go to the Odeon offer and its around 9 quid for and adult 2D. Its about 13 for 3D and Imax 3d is around 16.
Have to disagree.
I go to the Odeon offer and its around 9 quid for and adult 2D. Its about 13 for 3D and Imax 3d is around 16.
4:16PM on 05/28/2013
sorry to hear that a kavanagh, but my local cinema 6 quid after 7 and 4.50 before 7... no imax though.
sorry to hear that a kavanagh, but my local cinema 6 quid after 7 and 4.50 before 7... no imax though.
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12:45PM on 05/28/2013

3D IN MOVIES IS A CHOICE

as an avid movie goer and fan you have to decide which movies to see in 3D. just like which movies to see in the theatre. for me there are such things as "movie theatre movies." some movies are just released in the theatre. like for instance whether or not hangover 3 is good or not. it's not a movie theatre movie. you get nothing extra out of it than you would watching it at home. iron man 3, star trek, and man of steel are movie theatre movies. if you don't see them in the theatre
as an avid movie goer and fan you have to decide which movies to see in 3D. just like which movies to see in the theatre. for me there are such things as "movie theatre movies." some movies are just released in the theatre. like for instance whether or not hangover 3 is good or not. it's not a movie theatre movie. you get nothing extra out of it than you would watching it at home. iron man 3, star trek, and man of steel are movie theatre movies. if you don't see them in the theatre you're missing out. as for the 3D part of it, movies that are made that way to me should be seen the way they were made. certain movies that are converted afterwards are the ones where you have to make a decision. "should I spend a few extra bucks or not?" usually 3D movies that are gimmicks are really not about the 3D but that the movie is probably not good anyway. if a movie is good and the conversion is done right, thor, captain America, then 3D is not something you really think about being a waste anyway. POINT IS 3D IS HERE TO STAY. JUST DON'T BE A DUMBASS AND SEE MOVIES THAT HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING SEEN IN 3D OR IN THEATRE AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.
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12:44PM on 05/28/2013
I hope more filmmakers come out and say it like this. I'm not a big fan of 3D, especially post conversions, since I rarely feel it adds anything to the movie except the a pricier ticket.

I saw Jurassic Park in 3D, and while it was well done that it didn't ruin the movie, it didn't add much and occasionally made scenes distracting. I was just happy to experience it in theaters again.

I hope more filmmakers come out and say it like this. I'm not a big fan of 3D, especially post conversions, since I rarely feel it adds anything to the movie except the a pricier ticket.

I saw Jurassic Park in 3D, and while it was well done that it didn't ruin the movie, it didn't add much and occasionally made scenes distracting. I was just happy to experience it in theaters again.

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12:40PM on 05/28/2013
It's good that he's aware. There was a lot more wrong with Clash of the Titans than just that 3D conversion, as Vini said, and the conversion was made at what can be considered the earlier part of the 3D revival. It turned what should've been a fantastical adventure into a run of the mill action flick dressed up in sandals. It didn't feel as rich in imagination as it could've been (though I did like the route they went with the Charon design). The Jurassic Park 3D conversion wasn't bad at all,
It's good that he's aware. There was a lot more wrong with Clash of the Titans than just that 3D conversion, as Vini said, and the conversion was made at what can be considered the earlier part of the 3D revival. It turned what should've been a fantastical adventure into a run of the mill action flick dressed up in sandals. It didn't feel as rich in imagination as it could've been (though I did like the route they went with the Charon design). The Jurassic Park 3D conversion wasn't bad at all, though. I am looking forward to "Now You See Me", but I have a feeling I might be disappointed.
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12:38PM on 05/28/2013

fuck 3D

Ive saw 3 films in 3D. Avatar, Prometheus and a Christmas carol.
I need glasses to watch the screen i hate putting the 3D glasses over my specks.

It is a total money making sham, that's why films make so much now, they get converted to 3D and its pretty much an extra 50-100 million in the bank. I much prefer to watch Imax.
Ive saw 3 films in 3D. Avatar, Prometheus and a Christmas carol.
I need glasses to watch the screen i hate putting the 3D glasses over my specks.

It is a total money making sham, that's why films make so much now, they get converted to 3D and its pretty much an extra 50-100 million in the bank. I much prefer to watch Imax.
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12:35PM on 05/28/2013
First off, kudos to Leterrier for speaking his mind about one of his projects and what he did or did not like about the film and/or experience. I liked Clash of the Titans (it could have been much better though) and thought it was an enjoyable, fun action flick with some nice eye candy (ie Gemma Arterton). I thought the 3D for the film was pointless and really didn't contribute anything new or exciting to the film or towards the film industry.

As for 3D, I don't mind paying the extra money.
First off, kudos to Leterrier for speaking his mind about one of his projects and what he did or did not like about the film and/or experience. I liked Clash of the Titans (it could have been much better though) and thought it was an enjoyable, fun action flick with some nice eye candy (ie Gemma Arterton). I thought the 3D for the film was pointless and really didn't contribute anything new or exciting to the film or towards the film industry.

As for 3D, I don't mind paying the extra money. It just depends on what content of the movie it's for or for what type of movie they use the 3D for. The process of 3D works for films like Iron Man, Star Trek, etc. but I just think the backlash is coming from overkill and the fact that movie studios delay anticipated films for another half a year because of it. You imagine if WB wanted to delay Man of Steel for 3D conversions and delayed the film until November or December? Can you imagine the backlash on this site alone.
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2:10PM on 05/28/2013
You sir, are a fool.
You sir, are a fool.
12:34PM on 05/28/2013
Aren't all 3D conversions basically that though?
Aren't all 3D conversions basically that though?
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12:33PM on 05/28/2013

Don't flatter yourself there Mr. Letterrier

The script sucked, the effects sucked, the acting sucked, the story sucked, the directing sucked. 3D was the least of the movie's problems.

And your new movie isn't being screened for critics and we all know why.
The script sucked, the effects sucked, the acting sucked, the story sucked, the directing sucked. 3D was the least of the movie's problems.

And your new movie isn't being screened for critics and we all know why.
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