For the last 25 years, fans have thrilled to the exploits of Tom Cruise in the classic action drama "Top Gun." But what those fans didn't know is that they were missing a vital ingredient that would have made the film even better: 3-D.
Well, thank goodness for modern technology, because now that oversight can at last be corrected, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that "Top Gun" is being converted to 3-D with the intention of re-releasing it in theaters.
How you feel about this development may depend on how much you enjoy 3-D conversions, which, if recent box office numbers are any indication, is probably not at all. But the high profile failure of converted films (as opposed to movies actually shot in 3-D) like last year's "Clash of the Titans" and "The Last Airbender" isn't stopping Legend3D from going full speed ahead with their "Top Gun" conversion.
And if they have anything to say about it, "Top Gun" may be just the tip of the iceberg.
"We think there is great potential for catalog titles in 3-D, but studios have had trouble justifying the expense," Legend3D CEO Rob Hummel said. But if "Top Gun" succeeds, that may change, meaning fans could be in store for such long-awaited cinematic wonders as 3-D versions of classic films like "Gone With the Wind," "Casablanca" or "The Crying Game."
"Top Gun" fans have long felt the need for speed. But the need for 3-D? Looks like we'll find out soon enough.