Big news for 3D movies: All six Star Wars films are coming to theaters with full 3D conversions. Only unlike recent films that were filmed in 2D and converted to 3D with less-than-spectacular results (*cough*ClashoftheTitans), this being Star Wars, Lucasfilm is not rushing the conversion process, using painstaking attention to detail to give it the best conversion possible.
“Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,” says John Knoll of ILM. “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.”
Sounds good, right? I mean, I love filling George Lucas‘ ultra-deep pockets to see yet another version of the movies we love so much, with ever-higher ticket prices, as much as the next guy.
But sadly, I must temper that enthusiasm with this: Lucas has decided to convert and release the 3D versions to theaters in chronological order. Meaning the first one to return to theaters in 3D will be The Phantom Suck, which will arrive sometime in 2012. If that movie is well received at the box office, Lucasfilm will then proceed to release each film sequentially, one year at a time. (I.E., Attack of the Clones would arrive in 2013, and so on, up to Return of the Jedi in 2017). Lucas will then release the six films in 3D on home video, by which time 3D televisions should be more prevalent.
So. Will you pay a higher ticket price to go see the Star Wars films again, in 3D?