There has been a new trend in Hollywood, recently. Several movies have been returning to theaters in 3D in hopes of raking in more money. And there is more to come.
Disney has been stepping it up and sending their cartoon hits back to theaters. Many of us had the chance to catch Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King in 3D. Now, Finding Nemo has returned. James Cameron took a chance and sent his blockbuster hit, Titanic, back to theaters. Star Wars I: Episode Racer had the chance to fly back into theaters. Even Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark was able to return. Next summer, get ready to be chased after dinosaurs in the mega hit, Jurassic Park.
What is going on? Why is Hollywood doing this? Are they running out of remakes and sequels to do? Are they wanting to give people a chance to catch their favorite movies in theaters again? Or are they perhaps trying to earn a new audience?
As Inside Movies put it when The Lion King became 3D, this movie was possibly the “dawn of 3D reissue.” This movie earned $61.5 million in just ten days. Now, Hollywood is in an uproar, carefully choosing the right films to re-release in 3D. Most of the films being chosen are blockbusters.
So, what other movies can we expect to be re-released in 3D in theaters? By 2013, expect Disney to release more classics and hits, such as The Little Mermaid and Monsters, Inc. If that isn’t enough, movie fans are excited to find out that also starting in 2013, The Lord of the Rings franchise will return to theaters in 3D also. There has also been rumors about Top Gun coming back.
And Hollywood is doing double-duty. While some of these films are returning for a week or two, they’re also releasing many of them out on Blue-Ray within a week. This is a way to promote the movie and take advantage of people’s money. Hollywood is possibly hoping that die-hard fans will want to see the film again and again – even if they already own it. As for Disney, they have the chance to go after the kids of today’s generation.
If you think about it, these re-releases will garner even more money than expected. New merchandise for several of these movies is already popping up. By Christmas, there will be even more. Let’s just hope the items will become collectibles and won’t fall apart upon first use. And, many of these re-releases will most likely have premieres, thus giving some fading actors chances for a comeback of some sort.
What movies do you think should return? Possibly the Final Destination franchise? I would say instead of just one of the Indiana Jones movies they should do all of them. Don’t get me wrong, I like Disney movies, but lets not give them the lead during this 3D craze. And especially don’t let anyone throw comedies or romance movies up in 3D. Yes, The Hangover was great, but there are just some scenes that don’t need to be, well, um, brought so close to our eyes in such great size and detail. Hopefully, Hollywood will run a special on 3D tickets with them re-releasing so many movies in 3D.