“Titanic” also converting to 3-D for 2012 theatrical release

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: George Lucas staked his claim on the 3-D landscape, announcing that all six “Star Wars” films would be re-treated and re-released in 2012. James Cameron is hot on his heels.

The Oscar winner is contemplating releasing a 3-D version of his award-winning “Titanic” into theaters in April 2012 … weeks after Lucas overtakes theaters with “Theg Phantom Menace,” the Hollywood Reporter reports.

There’s an historic reason. April 15, 2012, would mark the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking.

As for the post-production 3-D conversion, “Titanic” producer Jon Landau said, “It’s a time-consuming process, and we want to do it right. Converting a movie is not a technical process; it’s a creative process that has technology behind it. There were eight or nine companies used on the test, so we could compare. So far, there’s only a group that went to the head of the class.”

According to the report, the 3D versions of the movies eventually will hit Blu-ray, but not until lucrative theatrical runs can be completed.

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