Peter Jackson and James Cameron geek out about filmmaking's future at Comic-Con's Visionaries panel

Peter Jackson has a storm trooper costume that he couldhave worn. James Cameron would have preferred to come as Peter Jackson:”I’d sign a lot of autographs and make a lot of deals.” Instead, the twovisionary filmmakers spent an hour with each other, and EW executiveeditor Jeff Giles, at their first ever Comic-Con. The two received aton of applause from the packed audience for their commitment to new technologies and originalstorytelling. Aside from the random guy who jumped the stage and poured himself a glass of water before being whisked away by security, there were no other major surprises, but there were plenty of deep thoughts. Some highlights:

Not surprisingly for two directors who have pushed the envelope of filmmaking technology, there was much talk of the future of motion-capture, digital effects, and 3-D. Cameron confirmed that a 3-D version of Titanic is in the works. The conversion process, he said, takes a year to 18 months. “We’veseen a couple of minutes already, and it looks great.” For his part, Jackson said
Warner Bros. isn’t as enthusiastic to convert the Lord of the Rings films into 3-D. “They feel there aren’t enough 3-D screens out there.They are a bit more conservative.” To which Cameron countered that there would be a lot more 3-Dscreens if everyone knew Lord of the Rings was going into 3-D. “Warner Bros. needs to show a pairof balls here,” he said.

Of course, Jackson acknowledged, technology has also run in the opposite direction, making it easier for people to watch movies on portable gadgets. Maybe too easy. “If people wantto see movies on their iPod, I can’t do anything about it,” Jackson said. “But iPod moviesare postcards of the film experience. They can’t compete with thetheatrical movie experience.”

Jackson also revealed that the King Kong ride at Universal Studios is being revamped. (The ride’s old rubber Kong was destroyed in a fire a year ago.) The overhaul is a technologically complicated replacement that would involve the Universal tram ride pulling into a soundstage, where a motion simulatorwould rock the tram around Sky Island, putting riders in the middle of a battle royale between Kong and aT. Rex—complete with steamy hot dino-breath being pumped onto riders. The new Kong attraction should be ready for the park next summer.

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  • Chris

    That guy had an old Sega Genesis Menacer, not a super soaker. It was similar to the Nintendo light gun, only crappier. I know from experience, if you know what I mean. Well, not me personally, but a guy I know…

  • Mary Lobitz

    That random thirsty guy was Nathan Barnatt as his character Keith Apicary. He’s hilarious.

  • jedomann

    Keith lives!

  • B

    A super soaker???? Are you kidding me? That’s a Sega Menacer.
    Keith = WIN!

  • Emperor MAR

    Poor Keith he was just thirsty, at least he got that sip in on the way out.
    youtube user nathanjbarnatt

  • g1 Rito Knight

    KIETH!!!! this is the second time he’s interrupted something like this. I hope he keeps doing this to get his character known. Also, is his comic-con adventure going to be available to view like his E3 adventure?

  • g1 Rito Knight

    KIETH!! that guy pwns all. I hope we can see more of his comic-con adventure coming up soon.

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