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Star Wars Getting 3D Re-release Starting 2012

Earlier this year, George Lucas said he was considering re-releasing the movies in 3D, and yesterday sources spoke to the Hollywood Reporter claiming it was a done deal.

Lucasfilm confirmed the rumors earlier today on the official Star Wars website and said fans can expect a 2012 release for the 3D version of Episode I. Lucasfilm says the studio will take its time and work slowly in converting the movies to ensure fans get the best possible experience.

"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."

According to the Hollywood Reporter's sources, George Lucas has wanted to do a 3D release for a long time but was waiting for the number of 3D screen to increase to ensure a sizable release. Each movie is said to take a year to convert to 3D; with The Phantom Menace expected in 2012, THR says we can look forward to the rest of the series being released in chronological order over subsequent years.

The Blu-ray versions of the Star Wars series are still set for availability in the fall of 2011.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Official Star Wars Website

  • silver565
    3D is shit. I wish it'd just die already
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  • dxwarlock
    come on Lucas, the horse is dead, put the bat down and back away....
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  • IzzyCraft
    How? seriously how? is it some bullshit computer program converting it into 3d some how. These were shot with 1 camera
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  • hamthony
    Yea Jar Jar in 3D! After the movie will George kick me in the b@ll$ for good measure?
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  • phate
    I still want an original release without the CG effects. Hard to find anymore.
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  • dxwarlock
    Is it just me, or does Lucaus remind anyone else of the old washed up ex highschool football player, that keeps reminding everyone about his one touchdown that won the state finals?

    He's milking his past achievements for all its worth, without doing anything remotely commendable in 30 years.. and the milk dried up long ago.
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  • blackmesatech
    At first I thought the title said "Star Wars Kid 3D Re-release", kind of wish it was actually about that, much more entertaining.
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  • kyee7k
    Can't Lucas develop something other than Star Wars or Indiana Jones. Be creative; stop living off a dead horse, already. Also, stopping making Clone Wars cartoon--we already know the ending.

    Perhaps, it's time to move on to the Thrawn era.
    Too bad Lucas has an ironclad contract, like Paramount did to Rodenberry after The Motion Picture.
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  • 1haplo
    George is riding this cash cow for everything... I did VHS and DVD, I'm glad I didn't do Laser Disk or Blue-Ray yet. Cant wait until Star Wars in Hologram!
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  • dxwarlock
    otacon72You all will go see it so stop your bitching.no we wont, I didn't go see any of the other ones, only time I watched them is if they was on cable and nothing better was on..and still was a hard tossup between the 1 hour sham-wow infomercial and the starwars marathon.
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