The Playlist uncovered this revelation in a Guardian piece that was tracking odds-and-ends film news. Producer Jeremy Thomas (who won the Best Picture Oscar for the film) says that they're just starting the process but that it's set to come out "late next year" and that it's being supervised by the film's Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and overseen by Bertolucci, who won Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Thus far when you've heard about movies getting 3D re-releases, they've been big blockbusters like "Titanic" and "Top Gun" and the "Star Wars" movies. The only thing "Titanic" and "The Last Emperor" have in common is that they're big spectacles that won Best Picture. Are we really entering an era when some of the most visually striking arthouse movies are going to come back to theaters gussied up in 3D? If so, that's probably as sure a sign as any that 3D is not going anywhere for quite some time.
It wasn't unusual in the past for classic films to get re-released in extended editions with restored sound and picture -- or, in the case of "Touch of Evil," a re-edited version based on director-star Orson Welles' specific notes -- so you could say that this "Last Emperor" is just the newest iteration of that model. But we have to admit that the appeal of waiting to see certain movies in the theater is that we wanted to see, y'know, the original version of that film. But we realize we get no traction making arguments like that. Grrr, we like things the way they used to be! We're old and grumpy! And who made off with our Victrola?!?
- Bernardo Bertolucci