I like Gary Ross. He is the guy that introduced the world to a child-like Tom Hanks in Big, and for that single accomplishment he’s earned himself a lifetime’s worth of free drinks at my (non-existent) bar. Now he’s been put in charge of The Hunger Games, a franchise which has tons of potential, and it appears he’s doing a pretty good job of it thus far.
So when he shows that he is one of the few directors in Hollywood who won’t cave to studio demands to make everything 3D, well then that’s just gravy.
With the early positive buzz and really high tracking numbers, the sequel to The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – is pretty much a done deal already. MTV spoke to Ross about the sequel and when questioned about the whether it will include 3D, he had this to say:
“No, absolutely not, no [I wouldn’t consider 3D for Catching Fire]. I don’t think it’s appropriate for this film. I think that if we shoot this movie in 3D, we become the Capitol; we start making spectacle out of something that I don’t think is really appropriate here. There needs to be an aesthetic distance because of the nature of the material, the premise, what they’re doing. I think that cinematic techniques designed to intensify the experience if you feel them that way, aren’t really appropriate. I mean I love 3D, I really do and I think it’s a wonderful tool, I just don’t think it’s the right tool for this.”
The Capitol he is referring to is the tyrannical city state of The Hunger Games, the inhabitants of which are only concerned about appearance and style, irrespective if it causes others suffering. Bad analogies aside, it is reassuring for a writer/director to come out and say that 3D is not appropriate for everything, and should not just be shoehorned in whenever you feel like it.
The execs over at Lionsgate were probably already all having their architects draw up plans to add a new “mountains of money” room to their already palatial houses, now they might just need to make them a tad bit smaller, due to that lack of 3D inflated ticket money. And if they’re upset about it, they can always go console themselves with a swim in all their Twilight cash.
You can watch the full video interview below, just note a massive SPOILER WARNING if you’re not already familiar with the books.
And the obligatory film synopsis:
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
Last Updated: March 16, 2012