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The Star Wars Saga Will Get a 2D to 3D Conversion Release in 2012

September 29th, 2010 · 12 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion

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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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 StarKnight // Sep 29, 2010 at 12:07

    No, I won’t.
    StarWars is 2D and will never be 3D… you put every effort you can in producing a good conversion but it will never be a native 3D movie.

  • 2 Susan // Sep 29, 2010 at 12:57

    please don’t release it if it ends up looking like ‘clash of the titans’

  • 3 Helifax // Sep 29, 2010 at 13:49

    @ Susan
    Clash of Titans was pretty OK (being mostly 2D then 3D).
    I don’t believe Lucas will release something like it. In fact I really hope and want to believe they will release a good 3D. Now it really depends on the budget that is used in this project.

  • 4 chris // Sep 29, 2010 at 15:33

    i’d rather just watch the 2d, waste of money converting

  • 5 Richard McBeef // Sep 29, 2010 at 15:36

    After bastardizing both the Star Wars AND Indiana Jones franchises, I’m done giving ANY of my cash to that money-grubbing turd, George Lucas. But you all have fun.

  • 6 The druid // Sep 29, 2010 at 15:57

    Don’t care whether it’s true 3D or not, the man knows his job and has proved it time and time again. You betcha I’ll go see’em!

  • 7 Michelle // Sep 30, 2010 at 12:17

    Who wants to see the first three again they should do the originals only that’s the one people want to see.

  • 8 Elak Swindell // Oct 1, 2010 at 04:17

    George is out for the buck again. He just can’t leave the series alone, especially the original, and better, Trilogy. They don’t need to be in 3D, which will probably look like crap anyway.

  • 9 Nick // Oct 29, 2010 at 22:38

    He was waiting for the number of 3d screens? That doesn’t make sense. If you mean he was waiting for enough theaters to have digital projection, I suppose so. I’m worried this will be a mediocre effort. If you want another release, just do it, we’ll go see that. But don’t mickey mouse with the films just to put them in 3D… it doesn’t make any sense. (On a more positive note, since nearly ALL of the last three prequel films were done digitially, those WOULD be easier to convert to 3D effectively…but Hayden Christianson’s performance will always be just one dimensional)

  • 10 Dynamic_Derek // Jan 19, 2011 at 05:31

    Who cares about Episodes I – III? No one, just skip right to the original Episode IV and I’m there. I’m all about the original series.

  • 11 Joel // Jan 24, 2011 at 08:34

    Will all the movies from 2001 be converted to 3D and available in Blu-ray 3D?

  • 12 Gigi // Feb 16, 2011 at 16:43

    Yes, i will definitely watch Episodes IV – VI in 3D at the cinema. And i will buy the complete Saga on Blu-ray 3D. Although i don’tl like the new episodes, especially 2 and 3 are really crappy, as Nick and Derek already said.

    …but Hayden Christianson’s performance will always be just one dimensional

    totally agree to that!

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