Because who wouldn't want to see a film set in 19th-century France shot in 3D? Word on the street is that Universal may be considering shooting their new star-studded version of Les Miserables in 3D. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe (and is expected to add more people like Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush and Emma Watson, potentially), will most likely stick somewhat close to the novel, which follows the struggles of a former convict named Jean Valjean (Jackman) who's being pursued by the cutthroat Inspector Javert (Crowe) during a time of political upheaval in France.
The film will be directed by Tom Hooper, and is due out on December 7th, 2012, which will probably put it right smack in contention for Oscars that year. While we admit the battle scenes could look cool in 3D, it still feels somewhat weird adding the technology to period films. Universal may see 3D as a way of attracting younger audiences to a story that sort of has that old-timey Broadway rust attached to it, but will it cheapen the property at the same time? Plus, with 3D dying its inevitable slow death, is it really worth the extra expense at this point?
Note: We've reached out to Universal for comment, but have received no response as of this posting.