Roland Emmerich Plans a 3-D Motion-Capture Foundation
02.12.10 by REELZ
After Avatar's incredible success at the box office, there has been a huge push to make every new epic a 3-D extravaganza. Witness how Clash of the Titans got dragged kicking and screaming into this brave new era.
Now Roland Emmerich is telling MTV that his adaptation of Isaac Asimov's sci-fi epic Foundation will be in motion capture 3-D. He is obviously pretty excited about having some cool new toys to play with.
The Avatar technology applies to Foundation. It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real.... Probably now all big movies have to be 3-D. It's not only the effect of 3-D, [Avatar has] just shown that if you do a movie in 3-D, you can ask for more money and that's the trick. I think now everybody who does bigger movies has to shoot them in 3-D. I think there's no way around it. I was on the set of Avatar and I saw how it worked and I really thought, "That's the ultimate way of making movies."
So far so good. Foundation is the story of the collapse (and, in the sequels, rebirth) of a galactic civilization. It makes sense that scenes on the planet Trantor, the hyper-technological seat of the galactic empire might benefit from the addition of an extra dimension.
The motion capture aspects of the Avatar technology, might not have quite the same impact as in James Cameron's epic though. While it could put the actors into a full-on CG environment, there are no blue aliens in Asimov's vision of the future. No aliens at all really.
In any case, we may find out more soon about what direction this is headed in. Emmerich says he is expecting to receive a draft of the script by the end of the week.