Soapbox

Star Wars
I’ve got a bad feeling about this …


So, not only do we have James ‘king of the box office’ Cameron preparing “Titanic” in 3D, now George ‘I crush the spirits of my fans while padding my bank account’ Lucas is continuing to live up to the nickname. With the news that, beginning in 2012, the Star Wars franchise will be getting the 3D post-conversion treatment as well, legions of dorks, nerds, geeks, dweebs, and everyone in between, are struggling to balance their hopes with both fear and anxiety.

Like so many people, I wouldn’t mind enjoying a theatrical revisit to Tatooine, Hoth and Endor. (Rereleasing Episodes 1-3 in any form is sheer cruelty.) However, I’m also VERY tired of sinking more money into Lucas’ bulging wallet; and am still conflicted over buying a number of the Star Wars Lego sets. I’d mention Cameron’s wallet but it would take a hefty payment TO ME to see Titanic again – in 2D, 3D, 4D, smell-o-vision, or whatever other gimmick he might try.

Putting aside the problems in post-converting films to the third dimension, the very least filmmakers could do when bringing movies back to the market is give loyal fans a discount. Even with all my blustering, I’m going to fall prey to the idea of seeing Episodes 4-6 back on the big screen and hope the 3D is at least good enough not to hurt my head.

Considering these properties have made more money than many countries annual GDP, it should be the filmmakers’ love of both their work AND their fans which prompt these decisions. However, being the cynic that I am, I wonder if I should just get my real estate license and catalog all the available islands that either Cameron or Lucas may be looking to purchase soon. At least then, the residuals I make will cover the cost of a few movie tickets.

Thankfully, there are only so many properties that have the fan base to support such an undertaking right now. The cost to convert films is high enough to keep most filmmakers from doing so. However, like with any technology, costs will come down as the market becomes saturated. Maybe someday we’ll also see the “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Matrix” and even “Terminator” franchises being 3-Dimensionalized (my new word of the day); probably sooner than we think if these initial attempts prove profitable.

If it means that someday I can enjoy a 3-D “Leprechaun”-a-thon, then maybe I’ll change my tune. Until then, I can do without wealthy filmmakers further draining fans’ wallets because they know its possible. As with any decision, it’s not just a question of whether you can do something, but whether or not you should.