No big budget film is safe these days from Hollywood’s obsession with 3D. Scott Stewart’s upcoming live action adaptation of Priest is the latest project to fall victim to the trend. According to THR, Screen Gems has not only decided to convert it to 3D, but they’ve also pushed back the release date.
Stewart’s last action film was the recently released Legion, which opened on January 22 of this year, so the studio has decided to stay in that territory. Priest has been moved from its original date of August 20, 2010 to January 14, 2011. The timing has to do with the 3D conversion process, which is similar to what they did for Clash of the Titans, but not so extreme. That film was only delayed by a week, while Priest will be pushed back 5 months.
Clash of the Titans and Harry Potter sound like good candidates for 3D, but Priest? I haven’t seen any footage from it so I can’t be sure, but what would make them want to put it on the 3D bandwagon? The film stars Paul Bettany as the title character, Twilight‘s Cam Gigandet, Star Trek’s Karl Urban, and “True Blood‘s” Stephen Moyer. It’s a great cast, but this sounds like the wrong move.
What do you think of Screen Gems releasing Priest in 3D? Is it a good idea?