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George Lucas to release Star Wars movies in 3D

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 | Posted by Jim Thacker

The entire Star Wars series is to be converted into stereoscopic 3D, George Lucas has announced.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is expected to be released theatrically in 2012, although the release date is yet to be confirmed. The other movies will follow later.

“The cutting-edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level,” claims a statement on the official Star Wars site. “There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive.”

Response from fans has been mixed. According to the BBC, actor and science-fiction fan Simon Pegg – who plays Scotty in the latest Star Trek movie – commented:

“Watching TPM [The Phantom Menace] in 3D would be like the car actually crashing into your face as opposed to just unfolding before your eyes.”

As might be expected, Industrial Light & Magic will supervise the conversion process.

“Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,” said VFX legend John Knoll, visual effects supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic.

“It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something that you can rush if you want to expect good results. For Star Wars we will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience.”

Click here to watch a video interview with John Knoll about the stereo conversion

Click here to read the announcement on the Star Wars website

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  • RICHARD PARKER

    George Lucas should simply scrap the whole 3d re-release of his starwars movies and focus on a totally new project. How many times is he going to re-edit his movies again and again. He should focus on creating a whole new Star wars movie. I am a big Star Warts fan and have a lot of the games and comics, but it is time to bury the story of Anakin a.k.a. Darth Vader. Besides the whole Jedi and Sith conflict has happened for milliennia, way before Anakin. Why not do a new story about Xendor – and the Great Schism, or Darth Bane – The creator of the Rule of Two, or Old Republic which I am sorry to say, the battles in the cinematic trailers look much better than the ones in the movies. The whole re-release thing just gets boring.
    What’s next a 4d re-release. yawwwwwwn.

  • Harry

    I happened to see the opening 5 minutes of “A New Hope” in 3d a few years ago now. It was a proof of concept for the 3d conversion. Imagine trying to find the edges of squatting soldiers firing lasers down the hallway when they’re covered in smoke, yeah, it wasn’t pretty. Probably why its taking so long for 4-6 to come out.

  • Zee

    Agreed!

  • Danny

    This idea SUX. He beat it to death. There are so many storylines just from books alone that would be great on the big screen. Why do this? It really is the dumbest idea. What a waste of time and money.

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