Star Wars saga to go 3-D in new release

Sep 30, 2010
A model of a Star Wars spacecraft on display. George Lucas' cult sci-fi saga Star Wars is being reworked for re-release in three dimensions starting in 2012, Lucas Films announced Wednesday.

George Lucas' cult sci-fi saga Star Wars is being reworked for re-release in three dimensions starting in 2012, Lucas Films announced Wednesday.

"There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D," the company said in a statement. It said "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" would be first out with the conversion being done by Industrial Light and Magic. No date was immediately set.

The entire intergalactic saga -- with six blockbusters filmed between 1977 and 2005 -- has netted more than 4.3 billion dollars worldwide.

"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," Knoll said.

"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," he added.

Hollywood media have reported that the other films will be re-released in 3-D at the rate of one each year. Fox will be distributing.

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not rated yet Sep 30, 2010
How do you get a stereo pair from a single frame of the original film? Presumably you identify the image fields closest to the observer and then selectively move one a little to the left and the other a little to the right whilst leaving the background in place. Sounds a bit creaky but might be enough to fool the human brain.
BuddyEbsen
not rated yet Sep 30, 2010
Endor speeder bikes in 3D! I think the original 2D version made me dizzy.
Quantum_Conundrum
5 / 5 (1) Sep 30, 2010
George Lucas is just milking his cash cow again. Do very little new work, release a "3d" product, and make another 2 or 3 billion.

Episode 1 and 2 should be skipped anyway. Listening to Jar Jar and "Annie" cry, "Oops," 100 times per episode and "Accidentally" defeat the droid army is not an experience I intend to re-live.