Michael Mann And Baz Luhrmann Both Considering 3D Projects

20th Century Fox seem to be more keen on Blu-ray than many of their counterparts (the obvious exception would be Sony, who invented the format_. As well as unveiling their plans for Star Wars at the CES, the studio also held a panel discussion with three directors who love Blu-ray: Michael Mann, Oliver Stone and Baz Luhrmann.

Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet were finally released on Blu-ray last year and, frankly, I’m astonished by how good they look. Most impressively, the subtlety in the images is never drowned out by the popping colours and lush saturation. So, long story short, I know just why he’d be in love with the format.

Here’s an edited video of the directors in discussion.

I echo Mr. Stone’s comments about the parallel between a Blu-ray disc and a book completely. I like my library of discs because it’s a library, and it honours the films within it.

Now, at 2:09 you’ll have hard Michael Mann say the following:

I would probably shoot… just a pure dialogue drama I would shoot in 3D.

Does this mean he’ll go 3D for Capa? Maybe – though that film, being about a photographer, might have its roots too deeply in a 2D tradition for him to take the leap this time. Or, on the other hand, he might agree with me that this contradiction, between 3D and 2D images, only makes the format an even more interesting choice for that film.

Luhrmann spoke at the same event about the possibility of filming his upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby in 3D. The Hollywood Reporter say:

Praising the 3D format, director Baz Luhrmann told The Hollywood Reporter that he has workshopped his upcoming project The Great Gatsby in 3D, though he has not made a call about whether to shoot in the format.

I wouldn’t be surprised either way, but I’m prepared to bet Luhrmann will be all-3D from at least the film after Gatsby.

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