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Emmerich talks Foundation

Foundation.jpgIt was back in January that we heard Roland Emmerich was going to direct the adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and lo, there was unhappiness. Emmerich has been famous for his big scale, huge effects, disaster films, and while they were huge on effects they've been light on characters and depth.

So fans of the Asimov series were concerned, how is he going to tackle these epic tales? Well he's talking about the films and he's revealing how he's going to tackle them, but not about his critics, it's all about the Avatar (Filmstalker review).

Apparently he's going to film the adaptation, and that means 3D and motion capture:

”The 'Avatar' technology applies to Foundation...It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real.”

Well that's a bit disconcerting for the fans of the series, but then he is referring to how to get this scale and the visuals onto the big screen, not the story itself, and here's where another concern should be rising up, where's the discussion of how big it is to bring the story to film?

He has more to say on the 3D side, forget about the complexities of the story for now, through MTV he says:

”Probably now all big movies have to be 3-D...It's not only the effect of 3-D, ['Avatar' has] just shown that if you do a movie in 3-D, you can ask for more money and that's the trick. I think now everybody who does bigger movies has to shoot them in 3-D. I think there's no way around it. I was on the set of 'Avatar' and I saw how it worked and I really thought, 'That's the ultimate way of making movies.”

I presume he means that the production can ask for more money rather than the cinemas when the film is released, although that's what they're doing anyway. 3D films cost too much money for the audience, and for the production, but because it's 3D it seems the investors are more liable to pay more money for the film to get it made.

I don't know if Roland Emmerich has the right reasons in his heart for this film though, I mean the idea that he wants to make it in 3D in order to get more money isn't exactly sounding like the best one.

So far we've been talking about the film being in 3D and motion capture so that they can get more money for the production and make it bigger. Anything on the adaptation or the story?

Well he believes that the script arrived yesterday.

I think this is all...no I can't say the phrase 'a' about 't', but you might know it. First thought is to film it in Avatar style because Emmerich wants a new career challenge, that he couldn't think how to film it otherwise, and all before he has a script and knows what they are planning for, they're going 3D motion capture for the production money.

When it's put like that it doesn't sound so good does it?



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