‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy May Be Given A 3D Re-Release

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Disney has demonstrated (with The Lion King) that there is indeed a profit to be made in post-converting older blockbuster titles to 3D and re-releasing them in theaters. Upcoming 3D theatrical re-releases like Beauty and the Beast, Titanic, and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace aren’t expected to buck that lucrative trend.

It should come as little surprise then that one of the most popular (critically and financially) effects-heavy fantasy series of all time – Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tokien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy – may also end up being re-released in theaters in the stereoscopic (re: 3D) format.

Jackson has casually broached the topic of converting the Rings trilogy to 3D a handful of times in the past (see: this 2010 interview) and always said the same thing: if it does happen, it will be done properly. In a recent interview, Rings star Elijah Wood basically echoed that sentiment and also “confirmed” that the idea is being given serious consideration.

Here, to quote, is what Wood has to say on re-releasing the Rings trilogy in 3D (via Den of Geek):

“I think it would be cool to see. There’s talk of releasing a dimensionalised ['Lord of the Rings'] trilogy eventually. I’m okay with doing post-process 3D, as long as someone takes the time. What I’m upset about is when a movie doesn’t have the budget and the time to devote to it and they’re not fine-tuning the detail of that, because it can look really bad and cheap. But I know that they wouldn’t dimensionalise it unless it was a super meticulous process…”

Wood will (briefly) reprise his Rings role as Frodo Baggins in Jackson’s in-production adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, which is actually being shot with the latest in 3D technology (see: this Hobbit production diary video for additional information). However, seeing that Jackson is going to be preoccupied with that two-movie project for the next few years, it’s bound to be a while before the filmmaker can even turn his attention to converting the Rings trilogy into 3D.

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Middle-Earth locales such as Rivendell could be brought to life in 3D

3D has become somewhat of a dirty word over the past two years, following the onslaught of (poorly) post-converted 3D flicks that sought to cash in on the goodwill the format earned, thanks to Avatar. Respected filmmakers like Jackson, Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Steven Spielberg (The Adventures of Tintin), and Ridley Scott (Prometheus) are now releasing new projects that use the extra dimension to truly enhance the viewing experience, rather than just as a gimmick. That should help to win over the anti-3D crowd, who feel that releasing any movie in the format is a bad idea.

However, the act of effectively converting older titles to 3D is a different matter. A truly engaging 3D viewing experience is the product of several aesthetic factors, including creative camera angles, proper lighting, and steadily-paced editing. It’s not enough to merely shoot a movie using 3D cameras and assume that the final product will look like something special, without taking those other factors into account (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, looking at you…). Hence why previously-released films that were never intended to be watched in 3D are all the more dicey a proposition.

That said: Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies are similar to James Cameron’s Titanic, in the sense that they feature the sort of large-scale visuals and cinematography that offers somewhat of an immersive experience, even when viewed in just 2D. So, while a 3D post-conversion is (of course) not necessary, it could work quite well, in this case.

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Would you be interested in seeing The Lord of the Rings on the big screen in 3D? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

Source: Den of Geek

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  1. Now THIS would be 3D worthy! Imagine seeing the Balrog vs. Gandolf fight in 3D. And the arrows shooting out from the screen!

    • I hope we’ll not see any Gandolf there.

  2. but would they be the theatrical or extended editions , more opportunities for double dipping again for the 3d blu rays

  3. Sorry but as much as I like the trilogy, I am not going to pay 30+ bucks to see something I have seen many many times already. If all they are offering is post 3D translation then yeah, I’ll pass.

  4. I don’t think i would go to see the first one, except for the Balrog battle, but i would go to see Two Towers and Return of King, indeed.

  5. Hmm… Im going to buy the LOTR trilogy tonight. Hopefully I can get into this :)

    • Way to go Rickter, damn it, when will I buy mine? lol

  6. I trust Peter Jackson not to screw this up. If he says 3-D, I say gimme my glasses.

  7. Yes yes yes. Can you imagine how awesome that will look on my 3D tv?

  8. I guess once again I’m left as the doubting Thomas. Not to say that the article meant to leave this out having mentioned; “creative camera angles, proper lighting, and steadily-paced editing” but the scene setup itself can make a difference in how successful the effect is pulled off. In “Avatar” for example there are a number of places where the camera angle isn’t just unique but the way it moves into the scene maximizes the 3-D effect. Cameron made sure that he basically reversed the process where things jump out at the audience. It’s actually made to give you the feel as though your moving into the picture! Like when Sully and company take their first expedition on the surface together with the Avatars. That’s a more subtle technique and actually improves the experience. Of course the effect of snow surrounding you, as pulled off in “A Christmas Carole” done that same year can be just as effective. I’m not so sure that they can do things like that in a purely post process that they would use on the LOTR trilogy. At least not up to that caliber anyway. Those like me that the process doesn’t work on so well and who might have missed the film series in the theaters, (does anyone even fall into that category?) won’t have a chance to see it in 2-D, because few if any theaters would be accommodating. Still, I guess if your coffers aren’t full enough and with a fair number of titles failing at the box office, I think it’s less of a risk than producing more ahem, turkeys to put on the market…

  9. Hey My apologies for misspelling “Carol”. Got a little fumble fingered…

  10. I like this idea I would pay to see them in theaters in 2D but 3D would be amazing. Peter Jackson supports 3D he wouldn’t let it look bad.

    • I agree with you WrathX he wouldn’t let it look bad but how much better would it look designed for 3-D from the beginning? People will probably ask that for the next 30 years, till some other genius decides to tackle the property…

  11. This is a waste of time…seriously

  12. If the hobbit wasn’t being made then I would be all for this. However I am guessing that once the hobbit is released, these 3d conversions would seem poorly done as it is suggested that they wouldn’t be released until afterwards.
    I would far rather see another take on the trilogy 10 years from now. No disrespect to Jackson as his movies are some of the greatest, but I am fan of re-makes. There was a lot of content not touched on from the Tolkien’s books and it is feasible that another great set of movies could be made that could stand on their own.

  13. As much as I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I’m against re-releases.
    Re-releasing all six SW films is by far a big a mistake, I wouldn’t want that to happen to LotR. Not for now, at least.

  14. I would go see the triolgy in 3D ONLY IF THEY DID IT TO THE EXTENDED VERSION. The extended version almost makes it a different movie. Makes the theatric release a joke. But if they did it to the whole thing then yeah. Id go see it

  15. I would definitely see this in theaters if they re-release it in the quality of 3D Avatar had. I would expect no less from Peter Jackson either. He would have it done the right way. So yes to the 3D. Middle Earth would be sweet in 3D.

    • Hey, guess what though??? It’s not Avatar…

      • You’re right, the LOTR movies have a good story to go along with the visual effects…

      • Hey guess what? I know!!! I’m just saying the 3D if they do it right would make it look sweet. So guess what else……bite me

  16. Leave it alone. I don’t need to see the Lord of the Rings in 3-D. Absolutely no need for it cept money…bottom line.

  17. I’m in if it’s the extended versions. BTW Encore is airing the extended cuts of all 3 tomorrow (Sunday) un-interrupted. That’s almost twelve hours of pure cinematic genius.

  18. I’d see it.

  19. Is it really nessissary to 3Dize movies that have already been made? Lord of the Rings while an epic blockbuster movie already it dosen’t need to join the bandwagon of “Oh hey lets re-release this movie for 3D reasons”. It’s a good movie on it’s own and it doesn’t need to be rehashed. Hell this whole 3D movie crap is annoying, Yes I know we have the technology to do it now but does that mean we should? The next thing you know they will rerelease Gone with the Wind as a 3D movie. Sigh… Stop playing with the tech before it gets too far gone 3D should be for special movies not EVERY movie that comes down the pipe.

    • Its only relevant to those who want it, really, like me. Those who don’t want it simply don’t buy it! I think it would look amazing, it does add another dimension to film, hence 3d. Listen, I really don’t know why people get so bent out of shape over 3d, its there for those who want it, it may be seen as a money spinner but I love it. Makes movies really come to life! Do it peter. Give the fans what they want!

  20. Hey skip the 3D and just re-release them for us to enjoy in the theaters again..

    I lived in Saudi Arabia (NO THEATERS IN SAUDI)from 2000-2007 and the only film in the franchise I have actually seen in theaters in LOTR : The Two Towers (I went six times in two days) and that was because I left Saudi to go to Dubai to see it so needless to say I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ALL THESE FILMS ON THE BIG SCREEN AGAIN!!!

  21. Id go see the Trilogy in 3D if its the Extended versions. Also I wish PJ would go and change and or add some of the unused scenes. One scene I wish would be added would be the Orcs from Moria chasing the Fellowship to Lothlorien/ rather than the current scene of Gimli talking about a great sorcerer living in the woods. Also the scene of Eowyn fighting the Orcs in the Glittering Caves at Helms Deep.

  22. Recently watched the films on blue ray upscaled to 3d and it was a truly amazing watch. So It could only get better if they actually took the time to do it. It should happen!!!

    • How did you manage to watch the films on Blu-Ray and upscale them to 3D? Did you do it with a 3D TV, cause they do that don’t they?

    • Lies! There is no such thing as a 3d upscaler.

  23. Excellant idea

  24. Glasses will steam up in the end from tears

  25. They should so have that! and the matrix in 3d!!!

  26. I am already imagining some of the wonderful cinematographic scenes that Peter Jackson filmed {the lighting of the beacons come to mind]. That in 3D – WOW. It would be a wonderful experience and I, who have seen the three films over and over, would certainly pay good money to see them all again in 3D.
    I do agree, however, that it should be done properly.