UPDATE 2/1/11: The debate is finally over. The studio has just advised a number of IMAX theaters that Sucker Punch will be a 2D only release.
The question of whether Sucker Punch would be converted to 3D has been one heck of a rollercoaster ride. Initially it was announced that it would be, then mid-Summer, bloggers reported director Zach Snyder as saying it had been dropped. Within the past month, one blogger reported that the BFI is listing the film as 3D (which they are, in addition to the LG IMAX Theatre in Sydney, Harkins Theatres, and Cinemark, among others), while another blogger, naming sources close to the project, has said it most definitely is off.
Using the same methodology we did to predict Paranormal Activity 2’s IMAX incarnation, we keep coming across evidence that the 3D conversion of Sucker Punch may very well indeed be on. Newspapers and television websites around the country, along with major ticketing sites such as Fandango, movietickets.com, and moviefone are all listing “Sucker Punch 3D,” with some also listing the IMAX version as “Sucker Punch – An IMAX 3D Experience.” Film information at these various outlets comes from Cinema Source, a division of West World Media. Cinema Source gets their film information directly from the studios. The only source we’ve found on the net that puts things in question is the IMAX website, which does not list Sucker Punch as either 2D nor 3D, yet the url for the film’s page ends with “sucker-punch-an-imax-3d-experience.”
When 3D conversion for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1 was dropped, the media outlets immediately dropped their listings for the 3D version of the film. However, since the 3D conversion on Sucker Punch was allegedly discontinued in Summer 2010, yet the studio has not withdrawn the 3D listing, we believe that Sucker Punch 3D will indeed be hitting theaters this year.