The news that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, because of the Star Wars franchise of course, has been all over the place, but the more interesting thing for all Star Wars fans is he fact that Disney promises a 7th episode of the saga to be released in 2015 and even more episodes after that. But Disney is not only acquiring Lucasfilm Ltd., but also LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, meaning it is not only about the very successful worldwide brands such as Star Wars or Indiana Jones, but also the gaming division, as well as the technology expertise in special effects and sound that the group of companies that George Lucas has founded. The transaction value is around $4.05 billion dollars, half in cash and the other in Disney stocks, placing George Lucas among the top shareholders of Disney, though Steve Jobs did better a few years ago when his company Pixar was acquired by Disney. The value of the deal with Lucasfilm is roughly the same as the deal that Disney had when they’ve acquired Marvel.
What most people are more interested however is the promise that Disney made to continue the Star Wars saga with new movies, probably at least another trilogy, and these movies will most likely be shot in 3D, considering the interest in 3D technology and the fact that the older Star Wars movies are all getting the 3D conversion treatment. The 7th Star Wars movie should be released in 2015 according to Disney which leaves enough time for the remaining five of the older episodes to be converted and premiered in 3D. The premiere of the 3D conversion of Episode I: The Phantom Menace happened in February this year with Episode II and Episode III 3D versions already announced to premiere next year. The official release date for the converted in 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones is September 20, 2013 and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith in 3D should be available shortly after on October 11, 2013. And in 2014 we are probably going to see the 3D conversions of the rest of the episodes from the saga premiering in 3D, if there is interest from the viewers of course, and all this should happen as a preparation for the release of the new episode that will hopefully be shot in 3D. The other good news is that Lucas will continue working as a creative consultant, so there should not be any unexpected twists and surprisingly totally different direction to be taken with new Star Wars movies.
So what do you think about finally getting a new Star Wars movie and that new episode being shot in 3D?
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Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) officially announced the company that they have selected after what they call an “exhaustive testing process” to do the conversion from 2D to 3D for the first movie from the Star Wars saga and that company is Prime Focus. Utilizing Prime Focus’ proprietary View-D process for the conversion the new release of the Phantom Menace is scheduled to hit 3D theater screens on February 10, 2012 is everything goes as planned. There is enough time for a really good conversion, so we can only hope that Prime Focus takes the time and does its job very well, because otherwise the relaunch of Star Wars Episode I in 3D can turn out to be a total disaster.
“It was incredibly important to me that we have the technology, the resources and the time to do this right,” said Star Wars creator George Lucas. “I’m very happy with the results I’ve been seeing on Episode I.”
Prime Focus has worked on films such as Avatar, Shrek, Tron: Legacy, Narnia: Dawn Treader and most recently Sucker Punch. The extensive conversion process is being done under the close supervision of John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor for ILM, and with the positive feedback from George Loocas who apparently sees very convincing results with the conversion to 3D we can hope for the best, but also prepare for the worst.
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We all knew this was coming, a 2D to 3D conversions of the all 6 movies from the Star Wars saga, we just needed to get the final confirmation coming from George Lucas and that has finally happened. What he was waiting for was the number of 3D screens to become enough for a major release like that, and Lucas wants to have the 3D versions of the movies shown on pretty much every 3D screen available when they launch. 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm have announced 2012 as the target year for the theatrical launch of the Star Wars series in 3D, starting with the Star Wars: Episode I “Phantom Menace” as the first movie of the saga to be released.
“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.”
George Lucas know that good conversions from 2D to 3D take time and he is prepared to do it the right way in order to achieve really good results in the conversion, so that the 3D versions of the movies will be made as good as possible. We’ve already seen some rushed 2D to 3D conversion for movies that in the end were quite disappointing, but taken enough time and resources you can make a 2D movie look almost as if it was really shot in 3D. And with old movies that were shot years ago like all the six episodes and especially the first thee Star Wars movies you can’t just go and reshoot them in 3D, the only way is to do a good 2D to 3D conversion.
So are you going to go and watch the Star Wars saga in 3D, although it will be a conversion in 2012?
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