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!
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.