'Star Wars' saga set for 3D release starting 2012
Films will roll out in order, starting with 'Phantom Menace'
By Jay A. Fernandez and Kim Masters
Sept 28, 2010, 08:49 PM ET
Big news on the 3D front.
Sources indicate that George Lucas is set to re-release the entire "Star Wars" franchise in new 3D conversions beginning in 2012. Though the 3D versions have been rumored for some time, Lucas was purportedly waiting until there were enough 3D screens available to make the release a sizable enough event.
Fox, which released all six of the original "Star Wars" films, would also release the 3D versions.
Part 1, "The Phantom Menace," would be first out of star-dock in the early months of 2012. After that, each of the films would be released in order at the same time each consecutive year, depending on how well the first re-release does.
Each conversion takes at least a year to complete, with Lucas personally overseeing the process to make sure each one is as perfected as possible. Lucas has said that the "Avatar" experience convinced him that "Star Wars" was ready for the state-of-the-art 3D treatment.
Also pushing the timetable is a potential breakthrough in 3D television technology. With Samsung penetrating the market with 50,000-plus 3D-equipped televisions, and Sony planning to send its version to market in the coming months, the home-viewing experience could be primed for 3D DVD versions of the classic films by the time the new 3D series runs its course.
Lucas is purportedly queuing up the theatrical re-releases as a lead-in to the ultimate home viewing experience. Beyond that, the property would launch to all other 3D media.
Alex Ben Block and Borys Kit contributed to this report.
Blech. It'll look terrible. These movies, particularly the original ones, weren't made with this sort of thing in mind. It'll look really out of place.
That said, I may go to see the original trilogy again, if only to be able to see the Star Destroyer from ANH flying overhead on the big screen.