Good news for Star Wars fans hoping to get the original trilogy in theatrical 3D. LucasFilm has just announced the second two prequel films, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, will get theatrical 3D re-releases on September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively. Announced at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, FL, the question becomes: Can the original trilogy be far behind?  Read More »

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I feel like the late Nineties was such an innocent time to be a film fan. Geeking out over your most anticipated films wasn’t about microscopic dissection, it was about simple passion and possibility. And no other film sparked our interest like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Sixteen years in the making, George Lucas‘ return to the Star Wars universe was going to be the event we’d tell our kids about. To this day I’ll never forget the first time I saw the trailer, the teaser poster, or heard Duel of the Fates. I’ll always remember the feeling of elation when I finally had that opening day ticket in my hand, the goosebumps as the Lucasfilm logo came on the screen and the screams that reigned down when the crawl finally began.

I’ll also never, ever forget the thought that involuntarily popped into my head five minutes into the movie when two Jedi were swimming underwater. I thought, “What the heck is going on here?”

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is being re-released in 3D on February 10 and five new posters have surface that are so incredibly cool, it made my consciousness revert back, just for a second, to how I felt on May 18, 1999. Read More »

When Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace would be released in 3D on February 10, 2012, the /Film readers spoke their minds. Here are some gems from the almost 100 comment thread:

  • oh good so i can go and not see it again..
  • You know George, when everyone called the movie flat and completely lacking in any depth, this wasn’t what they meant.
  • Hey, this proves that the world will end in 2012!
  • This franchise is deader than shit, for the love of god, stop raping its corpse.
  • Nothing about this is appealing to me……..and Natalie Portman doesn’t get hot till the next one.
  • Public distaste for Lucasfilm is at an all time high. This is going to be an epic fail at the box office. Why would anyone subject himself to the one of the worlds dullest movies AGAIN?

Well fans, Lucasfilm might have heard you.

According to a recent interview, Star Wars producer Rick McCallum suggested if The Phantom Menace 3D doesn’t live up to box office expectations, they might not release anymore Star Wars films in 3D. We explore the pluses, and minus, of that after the jump. Read More »

While George Lucas pushes one cinematic technology, 3D, another is holding back a highly anticipated project. The iconic filmmaker recently appeared on G4′s Attack of the Show to talk about the opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and discussed not only the upcoming 3D Star Wars theatrical releases, but the reason for the delay with the long-rumored live action television series.

Some sites are reporting that Lucas has “50 hours already filmed” and that’s just silly. They have about 50 hours of the show conceptualized and partially written but, as we reported almost a year ago, it won’t actually be made until they can figure out a way to do it at a fraction of the cost. The goal is to go to work when movies that now cost $200 million can be made for $50 million.

Lucas also did his best to explain why his 3D post-conversion process on the Star Wars films is better than all of the 3D post-conversions out in theaters right now. Will you believe what he has to say? Listen to the man himself and read more explanations after the jump. Read More »

We’ve had more than an unsubstantiated inkling that a 3D re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy might be coming to theaters in the next couple years. George Lucas talked about 3D conversion in 2008, saying that it worked, but wasn’t practical. Earlier this year Lucas said that Avatar’s tech could be the push LucasFilm needed to do the conversion. Now we know that further work has actually been done to the original films, which hints that the re-release is actually going to happen. Read More »

3D Star Wars, Wait You Must. Yes, mmmm.

It looks like we’ll have to wait a few more years for 3D converted release of the Star Wars films. George Lucas told AP that LucasFilm is working on the technology to make it happen.

“We’re trying to do that,” Lucas said. “We worked on some, with a company that was developing the technology a few years ago to convert films into 3-D, we worked with them. But the system works great. It’s just not very practical. So what we’ve been working on since then is to develop a sort of practical way to do it. And we will get there. It’s just a technological challenge.”

In our recent interview with Dreamworks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg, he admitted that he wasn’t yet happy with the results, something that probably drove Lucas to taking the R&D in house

“The technology of retro-fitting a black & white movie to color has not gotten to a place where I would feel comfortable doing that and representing that as a quality experience,” Katzenberg admitted. “The tools are still being created and perfected for 2D translation to 3D and it’s too early to say it. Up until now I have not been that excited about the quality of it. But the guys across the street are doing it on Toy Story 1 and 2 which are crown jewels and they’re quality guys. And I know they’ve been working hard on these so that’s where they put a lot of focus on it so, you know, I suspect they’ve made some progress there that will actually allow us to put a quality….George Lucas is looking to take the whole “Star Wars” 6 episodes and to repurpose them into 3D. He’s very excited about it. He’s got the technical resources and he’s not going to put product out that’s anything other than I think first rate.”

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