With Titanic 3D having grossed $344 million around the world, it seems Fox is looking into what other titles in its back catalogue it can post-convert in the hope of making a bit more cash. Now they’ve announced that the studio and director Roland Emmerich, in conjunction with Stereo 3D (which did the work on Titanic), will produce a three-dimensional version of Independence Day, which will be released worldwide on July 3rd, 2013.
To be honest I have reservations about whether this will be a success. With some films like Titanic and Jurassic Park, a post-conversion 3D makes sense, but while Independence Day was a big hit in 1996, I’m not convinced it’s retained enough popularity to make a re-release a major success. Perhaps I’m wrong, and Fox may be using the conversion to see whether it’s worth backing the pricey sequels Roland Emmerich has long had in the works.
Fox has also set several other dates, with Steven Spielberg’s epic Robopocalypse shifting to April 25, 2014 (ID43D now occupies its former release date), while on May 23rd, 2014 the studio unleashes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes worldwide. July 18th, 2014 meanwhile sees the release of the X-Men: First Class Sequel, to be directed by Matthew Vaughn.