The Twitterverse is all of a flutter right now, vibrant with speculation that a 3D version of Warner Brothers‘ 1942 classic Casablanca is in the works.
Excited micro-bloggers yesterday briefly saw the Humphrey Bogart melodrama top trending charts after uncovering a resume apprently posted online by a former editor with the Burbank studio. Listed among their experience was a reference to work on an ‘Unannounced 3D re-release of classic romantic wartime propaganda epic set in primary Moroccan port city’, leading to frenzied detective work across the movie industry blogosphere. Three hours after the leak was first spotted, the community appeared to have cracked the riddle, with Twitter user theeinsteininstitute exclaiming, ‘omg just got it!!! @movieFBIagent its not 3D how to recognise a jap spy!!! its 3d Casablanca!!! no freakin way – so awesome!!!’
The artists’ resume has since been taken down from a leading filmmaking job site.
Hopford Securities industry analyst Bernard Sandles claimed any re-release was likely to coincide with the holiday season and would be ‘the next logical step’ for Warner Brothers. ‘That scene where the plane takes off and they are walking off into the desert, that will work in 3D. It’ll really increase the audience’s sense of the long road to victory yet to be travelled in 1942.’
Renowned move critic Marie Cyezwcyz tweeted: ‘Amazed & v happy to see Casablanca 3D coming – Titanic 3D don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world!’
Last year Warner was forced into denying it was considering a remake of the iconic film, after rumors that Leonard Nimoy and 80s legend Kelly McGillis had been cast in the Bogart and Bergman roles wiped more than $6 billion off parent company TimeWarner’s share value.