Upon its 1986 release, “Top Gun” was a colossal hit, and a perfect storm of successful 80s movie ingredients, including Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Cold War-era jingoism and Kenny Loggins. But finally, after waiting for a quarter of a century, fans will be able to see “Top Gun” as director Tony Scott no doubt intended: Semi-ironically through dark glasses with after-the-fact 3D grafted onto it.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Legend3D will be performing the 3D conversion for Paramount as part of a revenue sharing deal tied to the film’s theatrical re-release. Legend3D Rob Hummel claimed, “We think there is great potential for catalog titles in 3D, but studios have had trouble justifying the expense.” So if you go see this in theaters, you’ll only have yourself to blame when “Weird Science 3D” comes out.
The scene that will most likely lend itself best to 3D conversion, the dogfight with “Danger Zone” playing, was already screened at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam. Hummel explained, “I think ‘Top Gun’ lends itself to 3D due to the aerial flight,” but oddly failed to mention the appeal that a 3D volleyball scene could have to a somewhat different audience than the film’s original demographic.