The ‘Star Wars’ Films WILL Be Released In 3D

The 3D version of 'Star Wars: Episode I' will debut in theaters in 2012

Back in January we heard rumors that George Lucas was thinking about re-releasing the entire Star Wars film franchise, Episodes I – VI, in theaters in 3D. Today we have confirmation that Lucas will, indeed, release all of the Star Wars films in 3D starting in 2012:

George Lucas watched the massive success of “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland” in the 3-D format and decided it was time for a return of the Jedi. “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” will return to theaters in 3-D in 2012 and will be followed in the stereoscopic format by the five other live-action movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic special-effects shop is overseeing the 3-D conversion. 20th Century Fox will release them, as it has done for all previous “Star Wars” films. Lucas has said publicly on more than one occasion that the technological strides of James Cameron’s “Avatar” persuaded him to reconsider his longtime disdain for 3-D … In a press release LucasFilm is expected to put out soon that was obtained by The Times, ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll made clear that his company doesn’t intend to put out a sub-par 3-D conversion. Some conversions done in a rush have turned off moviegoers and critics. “Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,” Knoll said in a statement. “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.”

While I know there are a lot of folks feeling 3D fatigue, I am still a big fan of the format and I am REALLY excited that the Star Wars films will be available in theaters AGAIN and in 3D! I fully trust George Lucas and ILM and have no doubt they will do an amazing job with the 3D conversion. I fondly remember when the Star Wars films were re-released in theaters in the early 2000′s … I am very much looking forward to seeing them all AGAIN on the big screen :D

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  1. taikwan

    I saw all 6 films on the big, BIG screen with THX sound system at the Star Wars convention in Orlando last month. They are still amazing so of course I will spring for another set of the same films I have in VHS and DVD.

    P.S. poignant moment: For Empire Strikes Back someone placed a chair about 2 feet in front of the screen and we were prepared to start griping but…in walks a blind girl with her red and white cane. She was finally going to see, however small, a bit of Star Wars. Trent – I have a photo – it’s grainy and I had to artificially lighten it up..but yeah…pretty dang wonderful.

  2. KellyK.

    I’m interested in seeing IV and V. Those are the only ones I like. I’m sure my husband will drag me to see all of them, though.

  3. I’m a big Star Wars fan, but I’m a little burnt out on these re-releases. I’d prefer another story from that universe. Weren’t they working on a live action show? I must admit I’m very curious as to how you would make a movie from the 70′s have a 3D effect though. Something tells me Jaws in 3D is propably coming soon

  4. Missy

    They already did Jaws in 3-D. It was called Jaws 3-D.

  5. Katie

    As long as they’re tweaking the movies again, maybe they’ll take the time to undo some of the bad changes from the remastered versions. I’m really sick of seeing Vader’s pink lightsaber.

  6. bethable

    I agree with Katie – I would love to see the original trilogy on the big screen, but only if they are the ORIGINAL versions. The remastered versions are total crap.

  7. holly

    I would love yo see the films at the cinema. BUT PLEASE. NO MORE 3D.

  8. LISA L

    Exciting news, but too bad for me because I can’t wait 3D movies. =( I get extremely sick…. so sad because I’m missing one of my fave series of all time out on the big screen again AND will not be able to ride the revamp version of Star Tours at Disneyland. So sad.

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