Conan the Barbarian gets a release date in 3D

Conan the Barbarian gets a release date in 3D

A while back we posted some pictures from the new Conan film currently in post-production with Jason Momoa in the lead role. IGN reported that Lionsgate have slated Conan for release on August 19, 2011 and now there will be a 3D version in theatres.

Marcus Nispel who directed the ‘Friday the 13th’ remake is directing Conan which also stars Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan.

It’ll be interesting to see how they relaunch the franchise in the current era of cinema though hearing of a 3D version is concerning. Given the film is now in post-production the 3D effects will be an up-conversion from the existing footage which likely wasn’t filmed with 3D technology or even 3D in mind. Previous efforts along these lines have resulted in higher ticket prices with less than spectacular results for example ‘Clash of the Titans 3D’, and ‘The Last Airbender 3D’.

No doubt up-conversion techniques will improve with time but with Conan so far into production, it’s difficult to see how converting it to 3D as an afterthought is going to product great results. With an August 2011 release date we’ll know in less than a year, but either way it’ll be good to see the character returning to the big screen.

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