According to The Hollywood Reporter, not only is Peter Jackson homaging a ’30s classic with his new KING KONG, but the movie may be part of a revival of a ’50s cinematic trend as well. Yes, there are apparently plans for some showings of Universal’s megabuck monster movie to be in 3-D! In-Three, a company that specializes in adding an extra dimension to traditionally filmed live-action and animated features, is already working on applying the process to KONG—though its particular process utilizes expensive glasses that don’t require special screens, but do have to be returned and washed after each showing, which has led to reluctance on the part of exhibitors to use them.
Meanwhile, Real D, the company responsible for the 3-D prints of the just-released Disney film CHICKEN LITTLE, is ready to announce its next project, and speculation is that KONG could be the one. Real D’s process does involve specially equipped theaters, and if it does tackle KONG, the 3-D version couldn’t be shown until CHICKEN finishes its run, which is almost certain to extend beyond KONG’s December 14 opening and through the holiday season. In any case, no one from either company or Universal is officially confirming these plans—but where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and we’ll keep you posted.