May 26, 2017

George Lucas updating six “Star Wars” films to 3-D


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The current 3-D fad scored another high-profile supporter yesterday as George Lucas announced that – much like colleague James Cameron and his Oscar-winning “Titanic” – he would revisit past films and convert them to 3-D for the purpose of re-releasing them into theaters.

The difference with Lucas? He’s referring to the original “Star Wars” trilogy … perhaps the most beloved trilogy of all time.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Lucas revealed that he plans to re-release 3-D versions of all six “Star Wars” film beginning ion 2012 with “The Phantom Menace.” It’s the director’s plan to release one film a year. Lucas told the trade that Cameron’s “Avatar” convinced him that “Star Wars” was ready for a 3-D conversion. (Someone should tell him that Cameron filmed “Avatar” in 3-D and didn’t convert it in post … a risky endeavor so far.)

The story goes on to say that Lucas will get the “Star Wars” films in to as many 3-D equipped theaters as possible – a number that expects to increase drastically between now and 2012. Lucas also plans to follow through on his announced decision to release the “Star Wars” films on Blu-ray in a collectible, six-film set next year.

What do you think? Do you like Lucas returning, once again, to his “Star Wars” franchise and tinkering? Do you feel the need to see all six films upgraded to 3-D, or do you wish Lucas would leave well enough alone? Let us know.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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