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Hollywood Seized by 3D Mania

By December 24, 2009Newswires

Hollywood Seized by 3D Mania
by Sharon Waxman

Even as moguls shut down their Christmas lights in Bel-Air to head out to the yacht in St. Bart’s, a fever known as 3D is gripping Hollywood.

The nationwide thumbs-up over “Avatar” — which just two weeks ago had the town on edge — is now creating thumb-whiplash from insiders hitting the Blackberry with newfound 3D zeal.

Director Ridley Scott is breathing down the neck of executives at Universal to get them to approve making a 3D version of his new $200 million epic, “Robin Hood,” according to one person close to the project.

A deal is in the works with Studio Canal, which owns the rights to “Terminator 2,” to fast-track making the 3D version.

Naturally, George Lucas is exploring a 3D version of “Star Wars.”

And one can only imagine what Steven Spielberg — whose reported comment that "Avatar" was the best film he’d ever seen has been repeated to me by no fewer than four awestruck colleagues — has planned for “Jurassic Park.”

Even directors who are not known for fancy, high-tech special effects are jumping on the bandwagon. Johnny Knoxville and producer Spike Jonze will be shooting the "Jackass" sequel in 3D. It will shoot in January and be called “Jackass 3D.”

“We’re going to take the same 3D technology James Cameron used in `Avatar` and stick it up Steve O’s butt,” Knoxville said in a typically classy news release from MTV and Paramount. "We’re taking stupid to a whole new dimension.”

Sony’s sequel to its sleeper hit "Zombieland" is also now going to be done in 3D.

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