Six months after officially confirming their plans to bring back the Star Wars saga for the 3D age, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm have locked down a specific release date for the first installment, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. That 3D release date is February 10, 2012.
Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a “galaxy far, far away,” Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga’s most stunning and spectacular sequences – from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.
After last year's press release, the trades suggested that each 3D re-release would be revealed in order around the same time frame in consecutive years. With the rapid growth of 3D projectors across the globe, we're not sure whether Fox and Lucasfilm are still going by long term release plan for all six films. Time will tell on that decision but fans can now jot down February 10, 2012 as the date when the first Episode flies into 3D theaters.