More 3d Re-releases Coming From Disney
Following the striking success of the re-release of The Lion King in 3D -- it has sold more than $80 million worth of tickets since its release less than three weeks ago -- Disney is planning similar 3D reboots for additional past hits, including 1991's Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc . and The Little Mermaid, the studio announced today (Tuesday). First up will be Beauty and the Beast , which returns to the screen on January 13. The others will be distributed over a two-year period. The cost of converting them to 3D will reportedly be around $10 million each. In a statement, Alan Bergman, president of Walt Disney Studios, said, "Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we're fortunate to have a treasure trove of both. We're thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3-D -- and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen."