Lucasfilm Officially Announces Star Wars 3D Re-release for 2012

It wasn’t exactly the best kept secret in Hollywood, but last week Lucasfilm officially announced their intention to bring the Star Wars saga back to the big screen all over again, this time in 3-D. We all knew that it was going to happen eventually, but now we have a tentative date to mark on our calendar: February 2012. According to Heat Vision, they are looking to release it sometime around Valentine’s Day, which would mean somewhere between Friday, Feb. 10th or Friday, Feb. 17th, which is also the start of the President’s Day weekend in the U.S. The movies will likely be released one per year, with Episode I: The Phantom Menace being the first one out of the gate.

I guess it makes sense that they would start from the beginning, especially since there is probably more work involved in converting the original trilogy to 3-D. However, I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’m not all that excited to revisit the prequels on the big screen, even with an added dimension. And since the success of the first few will determine whether or not they continue converting all of the films, I’m just hoping that enough of the younger Star Wars fans will turn up to ensure that we get the original films back in theatres as well. Ah, who am I kidding… it’s Star Wars. These re-releases will probably break all kinds of box office records, and their success will encourage plenty of other 3-D re-releases in Hollywood as well. Will you pay to see the Star Wars saga again in 3-D? Check out a video of FX Supervisor John Knoll explaining the conversion process after the jump.

  • Steve

    George Lucas Is A Money-Grubbing Pig: The Movie: Episode I

    Oh and George? Whatever happened to that fictitious Live-Action Star Wars show you said would make 100 episodes of half a decade ago?

  • Cy-Ed

    so we have to wait 3 years to to get to the original films!!!

    screw that!

  • Also, by saving the original trilogy for last, they guarantee themselves continued interest in the 3-D series. If they did the original trilogy in 3-D first, they could very well lose a big chunk of the audience. Instead, the prequels are guaranteed to make money, because fans will bitch and bitch and bitch and turn out anyway before EVERYONE turns out for the final 3 installments.

  • kyri

    Only one man can use photoshop as a weapon.
    Sean Dwyer..

  • I can’t take credit for that one… I found it via Google Images.

  • Derek

    Per fuckin year? Are you kiddin me. We’ll proly all be dead by then. ;P
    That’s how long it takes per damn Harry Potter flick.

  • kyri

    Well, I guess nowadays you can find everything on the interwebs..

  • joe

    Episode 1 coming first is a fail (as logical as it is)