George Lucas Announces Star Wars in 3-D

I guess it eventually had to happen. George Lucas announced plans to re-release all six of the Star Wars movies in 3-D, starting with “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” (scheduled for release in 2012). John Knoll, visual effects supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, commented on the benefits of 3-D for the Star Wars universe.

“When stereo’s done right,” Mr. Knoll said, “it gives you a powerful illusion that you’re there witnessing something. You want to do that with films where it’s someplace where you want to go, and the highly designed and constructed world of the ‘Star Wars’ pictures obviously has a grip on a lot of people’s imaginations. It’s a place I’d like to feel immersed in.” …

Mr. Knoll, who also served as a visual effects supervisor on “Avatar,” was a bit cryptic about how exactly the 3-D conversion process for the “Star Wars” films would work, but said that it did not involve the creation of new visual effects. “We’re taking the films as they exist,” he said, “and simulating the view from a synthetic second eye. It’s fairly painstaking and labor-intensive, and that’s why this isn’t going to happen real quickly. It takes time. And it takes time to get it right.”

So what do you think about Star Wars in 3-D? Yay or nay?


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  1. John W says:

    3-D: eh. When it becomes truly holographic and I don’t need goofy polarized glasses that have been worn by goodness-knows-who, I think I’ll be able to appreciate it. In the meantime, I can be happy with the clever camera work performed to make “2D” movies look neat.

    Lucas redoing redone movies: blah. I wonder what he’ll re-edit this time. More Ewoks in place of Wookies, anyone?

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    John – I enjoy 3-D movies when I watch them, but I never miss it when I am watching in 2-D. I agree, they have got to get the technology past the wearing of glasses. I hear Nintendo is coming out with a new gaming system that does 3-D without glasses, but I am guessing 3-D movies without glasses are a lot further off. And as far as Star Wars, how about a whole new trilogy of movies instead of re-doing the old ones? (Wasn’t there supposed to be three trilogies at one time?)

  3. John W says:

    Ray – I recall rumors of Timothy Zahn’s (sp?) trilogy supposedly heading for scripting. That was post “Return of the Jedi” dealing with the collapse of the Empire and remnant factions. It certainly would have been more interesting than the poor edits that happened to the original movies (Han fires first and only one shot, dern it!!!!)

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