‘Star Wars’ saga set for 3D release starting 2012

From The HollywoodReporter:

Sources indicate that George Lucas is set on rereleasing the “Star Wars” franchise in new 3D conversions beginning in 2012. Although 3D versions have been rumored for some time, Lucas purportedly was waiting until there were enough screens available to make the release a sizable event.

Fox, which released all six original “Star Wars” films, also would release the 3D versions.

Episode I, “The Phantom Menace,” would be first out of star-dock during early 2012. After that, each film would be released in order at the same time in consecutive years, depending on how well the first rerelease does.

Each conversion takes at least a year to complete, with Lucas overseeing the process to make sure each is as perfect as possible. He has said that the “Avatar” experience convinced him that “Star Wars” is ready for the state-of-the-art 3D treatment.

Starting with “Phantom Menace,” Lucasfilm would use several higher-end conversion houses to work on the project. By late winter or early spring in 2012, the exhibition industry should have all the 3D screens anyone could want for such a release.

And below you can see Lucas actually working on the conversion at the Skywalker Ranch:

11 Comments

  1. For people like me who have amblyopia (lazy eye/poor depth perception) 3D is a waste of money, I can’t see the effect and it just gives me a headache. And while I love Star Wars I think George just needs to focus on things not involving motion pictures – the animated series on Cartoon Network has been great, especially this year with filling ‘gaps’ between the last two seasons. But yeah, now Greedo can shoot first 3 times (or from 3 angles!)

  2. 3D is all about execution, i don’t see how realistic 3D can be achieved in post production, other than for CGI scenes, which they can re-render twice.

    I take pizza rolls over this, anytime.

  3. “I just got back from seeing Avatar. 3-D movies are awesome – I wish real life was in 3-D!” (actual Facebook quote)
    But seriously, by the time those movies are rolling out, 3-D will be a non-event. Talkies were a big deal once, then color movies were all the rage. Now audio and color are just part of the viewing experience. At the rate 3-D movies are being released, the effect is losing its wow-factor. The format will either fade in popularity, as the first wave of 3-D movies did back in the 50s, or it will become so common that it won’t make a movie stand out at all.

  4. I just… ugh.. I don’t.. humm… wtf?

    I’m speechless. I would have figured Lucas would have learned something from the backlash of the terrible episodes 1 , 2, 3.

    Not to mention the only good 3D movie I’ve seen so far has been Toy Story 3. Avatar was a 3 hour bore.

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