Star Wars Goes 3D

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After years of threatening to re-release Star Wars yet again, it seems George Lucas finally got off the pot and gave the go-ahead. Star Wars will return to theaters starting in 2012 with The Phantom Menace!

Vader 3D

Yeah, I know what you're saying, "Aww, Phantom Menace sucks balls, why did they have to release that one? I want A New Hope!" Well, it would seem it's Lucasfilm's intent to re-release all six of the Star Wars films in chronological story order, from I to VI, not in the order which they were originally released to theaters. A release date has not yet been set for Phantom Menace, so we don't know how long it will be between films.

But there's more, and there's a good reason it's not happening before 2012: Lucasfilm is converting all six films to 3D for the re-releases. Yeah, we heard George mumble about it years ago, but it's actually happening!

"There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the 'Star Wars Saga' has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive," said a statement from Lucasfilm. 

"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. 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." 
So yeah, that's the skinny. But the kicker is that we're going to have to wait a little while to get the good stuff, and I don't know about you, but I'll probably skip the first three. With any luck, maybe Lucas will get a wild hair up his ass and take a scalpel to the prequels to make Jar-Jar Binks less annoyingly racist and Hayden Christensen less of a whiny bitch. Hey, we can dream, can't we?
Will you be in line for a 3D version of The Phantom Menace?

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