For those of you who have been greatly concerned that Tom Hooper‘s upcoming big screen version of “Les Miserables” will be filmed with an extra dimension, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The BBC is reporting (because, really, who else would care?) that while director Hooper, who we’ve all been trying to forget beat David Fincher for the Best Director Oscar last year, was “very tempted” to use the new technology, his ‘Les Mis’ will be incredibly flat. Yes, that was a joke.
The film, which begins shooting in March with an impressive cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, is set to be released next Christmas. “I can definitely announce it’s good old-fashioned 2D,” Hooper somewhat triumphantly announced to the BBC at the British Independent Film Awards. “I slightly worry with the 3D that some people will physically struggle with it. If you have a certain type of eyesight it can be more demanding than watching a normal movie,” Hooper said, giving mad props to the 80-year-olds that helped make “The King’s Speech” a sensation.
“With a two-and-a-half hour film, I didn’t want to make something that anyone might think, ‘That’s not for me, because I don’t like the medium,’ ” he added. PHEW.
While filming a historical drama like “Les Miserables” may seem like a questionable choice for 3D, it seems that Baz Luhrmann‘s “The Great Gatsby” has somewhat opened doors (at least a crack) to legitimize the format beyond children’s films and exploitation movies. Thankfully, we’ll have good old fashioned reasons to be given a headache by Hooper’s ‘Les Mis’ when it opens next Christmas.