Jon M. Chu on G.I. Joe’s 3D Conversion and Masters of the Universe

“I really want to push how we use the 3-D,” said Chu. “Especially since we pushed the movie date, I want to fulfill the promise to the fans that the 3-D will be great, and enhances the experience of the movie. So every step of the way, I’m in that room, watching… It’s hurting my eyes, but we’re getting it better, and pushing it further.”

Chu is no stranger to 3D films as he directed Step Up 3D and the Justin Bieber 3D concert film and that helped with G.I. Joe, even though it wasn’t filmed in 3-D. “So being around that (Shooting 3-D), I know what we are actually capable of doing.” Said Chu “If we had shot it in 3-D, there’s a lot of things that we would shot in a 3D way. Fortunately, a lot of our shots, I guess it was in my brain anyway. We had a lot of depth in our shots, or let our shots play longer. For me, if we’re going to do this, we have to make sure it enhances the experience. That’s where we are right now, and it’s a slow painful process, to be honest!”

Chu is still looking to do some more tweaks to the film’s presentation even though it’s finished. “I’m trying to convince them to give me a couple days to do a couple of enhancements. But as of right now, we’ll see what they let me do. I really want to shoot some of the sections in 3-D to give it that edge… But we’ll see if time permits, and they’re down to do that.”

Even though the film is still a few years away, the subject of Masters of the Universe couldn’t help but come up. “I’m really excited about that one!” said Chu. “We’re really early in the process… We’re working on the script, to make it better and stronger. We’re designing a bunch of stuff. I learned on Joe that to make it right, you have to do a lot of experimenting first, and you have to trust that during the process you’ll find where the tonal line is… It’s so delicate.

And don’t bother asking about casting, Chu doesn’t even know. “A lot of people ask, who are you going to cast? We’re not even there yet, we’re just trying to get the character of the movie down. This is one of the most fun parts, where all the possibilities are open, and we’re just playing in the sandbox.”

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29, 2013.