Access Week In Geek: ‘Star Wars’ Coming In 3-D
First Published: October 1, 2010 6:19 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- “STAR WARS” COMING TO THEATRES IN 3-D
The “Star Wars” saga is being prepped to hit theatres in 3-D beginning in 2012 according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’ve been looking for years and years and years of trying to take ‘Star Wars’ and put it in 3-D,” George Lucas revealed to Access Hollywood at the 2010 Golden Globes Awards in January. “But, [the] technology hasn’t been there,” he said.
Lucas went on to say that the success of James Cameron’s “Avatar” was a turning point in moving forward to finally add the extra dimension to his films.
”We’ve been struggling with it, but I think this will be a new impetus to make that happen.”
The 3-D conversion for each film will take approximately a year, and fans can be certain that Lucas will no doubt utilize a painstaking state of the art process and not go with the quickie transfer that has been used on several recent lackluster 2-D films which received less than stellar reviews from movie goers in the wake of the superior “Avatar” 3-D experience.
One chapter of the six theatrical “Star Wars” films would be released each year starting with “The Phantom Menace” (chronologically the first adventure in the series) in early 2012. Purists will have to wait until 2015 to see the Original Trilogy hit the big screen beginning with 1977’s “A New Hope,” though the question has to be asked — how strong will moviegoers’ appetites be for 3-D versions of older films by the time “Return of the Jedi” rolls out in 2017.
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