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Star Wars Saga Set for 3D

Lucasfilm confirms 3D re-release of Stars Saga.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 28, 2010
Source: Lucasfilm, HR

The Star Wars saga set to hit 3D theaters
© Lucasfilm/Fox

For quite sometime there have been reports flying out of Lucasfilm Ltd. that fans can expect a 3D re-release of the Stars Wars saga striking a theater near them. What's been holding up any official confirmation is executive producer George Lucas--much like director James Cameron--waiting patiently for theater chains to catch up with 3D coverage across the globe. Well, the patience has paid off and you can consider it confirmed, Maniacs.

Just weeks after Cameron revealed his 3D release of Titanic on the 100th anniversary of the famed sinking, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm have announced 2012 as the target year for the theatrical relaunch of the Star Wars series into the 3D format.

"Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right," said 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."

The Hollywood Reporter says "The Phantom Menace," would be first out sometime in 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.

At the current time, film releases are limited to 2,000-2,500 3D locations owing to an insufficient installed base of projectors and screens. Movie theaters are adding 3D screens at a clip of 500 a month in the U.S. Foreign exhibitors also are pushing into 3D as quickly as possible now that financing for the installations is flowing.

Lucasfilm previously confirmed a comprehensive Blu-ray Disc set of the six films next year, which would include upgraded picture and sound quality, new deleted scenes and special features.


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littlemikey979 9/29/2010 12:26:53 AM

Ok, who DIDN'T see this coming? If theaters don't have a 3D screen today they will get one soon. All six movies are going to bank. I wonder if they are going to be released ONLY in 3D or in 2D also. Probably in 3D only so if we want to see them we have to pay extra. 6 TIMES! Maybe they will be selling tickets for all six at one time and save fanboys a little green.

It will be cool to get to see all six movies in theaters in "order" though.

RaithManan 9/29/2010 1:20:25 AM

We knew it was going to happen--however, I was hoping that George went forward after Return of the Jedi as it would have been the best likely way to bring back Harrison, Mark and Carrie since they are clearly too old from a physical standpoint.  Having them voice act their 3D counterparts is a novel idea. 

On a side note: Should it ever happen, please George just produce....not direct.


krathwardroid 9/29/2010 2:22:41 AM

Yes, this was inevitable. I hope these are the definitive versions that George Lucas has talked about. These would feature all of the deleted material and final revisions he's claimed he wants to put back into the films (i.e. Luke having built his lightsaber in Episode VI and the CGI Yoda in Episode I). With the 3D adjustment, this may very well be it. 

johnwhitetoledo 9/29/2010 2:51:06 AM

The suck will be immense. As anyone who say Clash of the Titans will testify, if its not filmed on 3d it looks horrible.

George - stop beating the horse...its quite dead indeed.

Betenoire 9/29/2010 3:05:29 AM

Maybe we will luck out and the Mayans were right, the world will end in 2012 and we wil be spared Clones and Sith's re-release.

Now for the Ewok Adventures, cartoon, Droids and the Christmas Special to hit on BD...

Darkknight2280 9/29/2010 4:28:30 AM

I will prolly go out and let George Lucas have his way with my wallet as But i am looking forward to buying the saga on Blu-ray next year! :)

jimvo99 9/29/2010 4:44:37 AM

Not interested. Screw this stupid 3D fad, it'll go away soon.

noahbody 9/29/2010 4:46:20 AM

Say what you want about Lucas  but he has never put out an inferior product when it comes to the sound or visual quality. So the conversion will be a good one.

I, for one, can't wait to see the Star Wars Universe in 3-D.

 ANH & ESB 3-D... FTW!!!!


Dazzler 9/29/2010 4:52:23 AM

Yeah right....not buying it yet.  It is lucas after all. 

xpaladinx45 9/29/2010 5:21:30 AM

very much looking forward to bluray.  i'm not huge on the 3d stuff.  its interesting, but not overly worth the money to me.  that said however, i'll be curious to see how well it converts.  if anyone can convert it and make it look good...

that said, i don't have a lot of faith in conversion of old movies to 3d.  at all. 

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