'Umizaru,' 'Battle Royale' may go 3D

Third film in trilogy being converted in post-production

TOKYO – The third installment of the “Umizaru” movies about coast guard rescue divers is getting a post-production 3D treatment, while controversial hit “Battle Royale” is rumored to be getting a 3D redux a decade after its release.
 
Fuji TV is hoping “The Last Message Umizaru” can top the boxofffice of “Test of Trust Umizaru 2,” which was the second-highest grossing film of 2006 with 7.1 billion yen ($76.5 million).
 
It will once again star Hideaki Ito and be helmed by Eiichiro Hasumi, who also linked up for the drama series that was shown on Fuji TV between the first and second movies.
 
The post-production 3D work is said to have added 50% to the budget.
 
“The Last Message Umizaru” is due for a September release from Toho on 400 screens in both 2D and 3D.
 
“Battle Royale,” starring Takeshi Kitano as the teacher of a group of students selected for a brutal experiment, looks set for a November re-release in a 3D version. The reworking is being overseen by Kenta Fukasaku, who also took over directing the 2003 when his father Kinji, the original director, passed away during filming.
 
Despite the huge boxoffice success of “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland,” no big-budget full-3D domestic movie has yet been announced.
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