The 3D re-release of the Star Wars flicks will start with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and will continue with one film a year through 2017. Thsi will ultimately be a BIG BOOST to the 3D Fan Boys out there as nothing will top these movies for fan interest and mainstream acceptance of 3D in the theater more than the biggest money making franchise in movie history – Star Wars.
I actually saw the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Home (Episode 4) in 3D some 4-years ago at the CEDIA show (in the TI DLP booth) and was duly impressed. At the time, rumors were that the annual release of the Star Wars movies in 3D would start in 2008, but, obviously, that didn’t happen. Now, it’s real as the official announcement came yesterday via Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox Studios.
Here’s what they said:
“Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date — 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.”
If you’d like to see a video Lucasfilm put together to explain what it took to convert the films to 3D, go here: http://www.starwars.com/video/view/001116.html