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.