Battle of Midway 3D
Bruce McKenna is the creator, writer and co-producer of the successful mini-series The Pacific and is setting his sights on another big moment in World War II history, the Battle of Midway.
The naval battle happened in 1942 and was a significant fight between America and Japan, some six months after Pearl Harbour. It's also been in film before, and now it looks set to be again but this time in 3D.
We've seen the film version in 1942 in documentary format by the great John Ford and co-narrated by Henry Fonda, then in 1976 directed by Jack Smight and starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshirô Mifune, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, and more.
So I'm pretty split on the idea of a 3D version of the battle. One is that there's a 3D version, why we need 3D and shells flying past the screen I don't know, come on Saving Private Ryan was excellent and you can't tell me that you weren't caught up in the beach landing scene? Would that really need 3D to make it any better?
However, there's the plus side, the people behind the excellent The Pacific are going to be bringing The Battle of Midway to the big screen, and that means it's going to be realistic as anything.
According to Variety through MTV this is going to be a cinema version and not a mini-series, and considering how cinematic, realistic and impactful The Pacific was, on the big screen it's going to seem amazing.
However why does it have to be 3D? A gimmick, as much as James Cameron would like it not to be, tied into the chance to make a realistic retelling of an important World War II battle seems to be rather counterproductive doesn't it?