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Off The WireShould Spider-Man Have Gone 3D?

Posted on Wednesday January 20, 2010, 07:30 by Helen O'Hara in Off The Wire
Should Spider-Man Have Gone 3D?

So this morning we've learned that the next Spider-Man film will have a budget of about $80 million. That puts it on a lower budget than Sherlock Holmes, lower than X-Men Origins: Wolverine (by nearly half). Heck, it's less than Fast & Furious, which cost about $85m, and only just more (not adjusting for inflation) than the first X-Men movie. So what does this mean for the film, and might Spidey have been better going for balls-out 3D instead?

Let's look at what the budget means first. That sort of money certainly implies that we're going to see less action - or at least less newly-developed, complicated, CG action. Wall-crawling and web-shooting is probably in; multiple trips around the city by web, massive fire effects, large things collapsing and CG character work* is probably out. The first X-Men movie is the one to think about here: the action there was pretty small and scattered until the final show-down (which would barely make the opening reel of...

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Off The WireSpielberg's Harvey: Why It's A Good Idea

Posted on Monday August 3, 2009, 10:29 by Helen O'Hara in Off The Wire
Spielberg's Harvey: Why It's A Good Idea

So the news emerged today that Steven Spielberg is making a new version of Harvey, the Pullitzer-prize winning play by Mary Chase. It's the story of an eccentric, and apparent alcoholic, who faces being committed to an insane asylum because he claims to have an invisible six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch rabbit pooka* for a best friend. Within hours of the project being announced, the internet was alight with people deriding the new version.

Twitterers and bloggers suggested that Spielberg would spend $100 million showing the rabbit, that the rabbit would turn out to be "an alien. From the future" (that one happily tongue-in-cheek), that Spielberg would dull the story's sharp edges and turn it into something saccharine and sentimental. Industry veteran Anne Thompson dubbed it "Studios playing it safe" - something that's true in the sense that Spielberg doesn't make flops, but also somewhat negative.

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Off The WireYou Wouldn't Steal A Car...

Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 11:06 by Helen O'Hara in Off The Wire
You Wouldn't Steal A Car...

So reports have been all over the internet over the last few days that a work print of X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked online. Supposedly, it's of "DVD quality", runs only a little shorter than the expected running time of the finished film and contains essentially the whole plot. On the other hand, it's without a score, has incomplete effects and is missing the footage from the recent reshoots in Canada. That hasn't stopped some people downloading it and watching it, with at least a minority regretting it, posting online that the leaked copy is sufficiently complete for it to have revealed the plot to them but also sufficiently unfinished that it has ruined the experience.

So let's talk about piracy for a minute. In some ways, I may not be the best person to do this: I don't watch pirated movies, I don't download or buy 'em, and I don't even particularly want to. That's more because I think it's a bad way to watch movies than anything else: I'd rather wait a few weeks and see...

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