THE LAST EMPEROR Is Latest Film Getting A 3D Conversion

Following quickly on the heels of the Star Wars films and Titanic getting conversions to 3D, the next classic film to undergo the process will be… Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor?

According to The Guardian, Bertolucci’s nine-time Oscar winner is currently undergoing a 3D conversion under the supervision of the film’s cinematographer Vittorio Storaro with an eye for release some time next year.

Now I know that the common reason given for converting an older film to 3D for a re-release is to re-introduce younger audiences to the theatrical experience of seeing these films. (Making more money off these films is just an unfortunate side-effect that I am sure the studios are struggling to deal with.) But I really don’t see Bertolucci’s epic bio-pic about China’s last emperor detailing his ascent to the throne as a child to his arrest and political “re-education” at the hands of the Chinese Communists. Perhaps they’re looking for this to become the first art house 3D film?

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