Disney to Re-Release Four Movies in 3-D Starting in 2012
10.05.11 by Ryan
After bringing Simba into the third dimension, Disney is taking four movies out of its back catalog and converting them to 3-D for release next year.
We're not sure where this ranks on the complaints that Hollywood is making too many sequels, prequels or remakes, but the cause is the same: familiarity equates to big box office dollars. Look at The Lion King's two-week, September run at the top of the box office, for example. The conversion cost $10 million, and The Lion King made $29.3 million in its (re)opening weekend alone. Disney likely knew that The Lion King would be successful, but not that successful.
In response, Disney is planning to release 3-D conversions of 1989's The Little Mermaid, 1991's Beauty and the Beast, 2001's Monsters Inc. and 2003's Finding Nemo. The LA Times reports that Beauty and the Beast will be released first, in January of 2012, with Finding Nemo following in September.
The other two movies will follow in 2013, with Monsters Inc. opening in January (six months before its sequel Monsters University) and The Little Mermaid again following in September.
"Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both," said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman in a statement. "We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3-D — and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen."
They're also thrilled to know that they're destined to make a tidy profit.