If you were watching the box office over the weekend, you might have noticed that the success of Monsters vs. Aliens has everyone talking about 3D again. Everywhere you look, critics are weighing in on whether 3D really is the wave of the future, or another last gasp of a fad that will fall by the wayside soon enough. Well, I don't know about that, but one thing is for sure; I think we all better get used to wearing those goofy goggles, because another director is looking to get into the 3D game. During a reception at the British Film Institute for director Ridley Scott, he spoke about his upcoming sci-fi actioner, The Forever War, and he told reporters that after getting a glimpse of James Cameron's Avatar, "...I've got to go 3D. It's going to be phenomenal."

The film is based on the 1974 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman and was announced last October. But, Scott has had his hands full with his Robin Hood update, the story of Gucci, and the inexplicable decision to bring Monopoly to the big screen. Forever War looks to be a little more in line with Scott's usual fare; sci-fi, and politically charged action flicks, and is described as, "Both an action-laden and contemplative story of an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran species, it deals with themes like the inhumanity of both war and its attendant bureaucracy". The book was considered to be a response to the authors own military service during the Vietnam War, even using a 'time-travel glitch' that would return soldiers centuries later as a parallel to the US military experience when soldiers returned home.

Since the release of Beowulf, I have been hoping that a filmmaker would finally get a strong enough story on screen that would complement the technology which has become jaw-dropping. I'll keep my fingers crossed that between Cameron and Scott, the two will make 3D something more than the standard for kids films; or even worse, just another gimmick.
categories Movies, Cinematical