3D rereleases are very popular nowadays, with Hollywood currently in love with 3D converted versions of Jurassic Park, Titanic, and the Star Wars prequels. So it comes as a bit of a surprise for 20th Century Fox to come out and pull the plug on their 3D version of the 90s box office hit Independence Day.
Another thing that makes the news surprising is that converting films to 3D is a relatively inexpensive project, resulting in hefty profits for studios (Titanic brought an extra $343m for Paramount due to its rerelease). Add the fact that the original Independence Day made over $800m worldwide and is the 34th highest-grossing film of all time makes the cancellation look like Fox is turning down free bags of money.
Fox has not offered any explanations as of yet, and they’re not completely abandoning the 3D rerelease bandwagon, as they still have two projects in the works: the Star Wars prequels with Attacks Of The Clones hitting UK screens on 4 October, and Revenge Of The Sith on 25 October.