Lucas Figures Out Way To Make You See Star Wars Movies In Theaters Again

People who are sick of Star Wars have new reason to hope the world will come to an end in 2012, because the Hollywood reporter says that’s the year the films will start hitting theaters in 3D.

First up, the Reporter says, will be the much-beloved (if only by George Lucas) Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Assuming any fans will be left after having suffered Jar Jar Binks in 3D, the remaining five movies in the saga will come out each year thereafter.

Sarcasm aside, I admit that I’ll be powerless to avoid paying inflated prices for the honor of wearing uncomfortable glasses that wash out too much color for only marginally impressive immersion. And I know I’m not alone.

‘Star Wars’ saga set for 3D release starting 2012 [The Hollywood Reporter]


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  1. FatLynn says:

    Meh. 3-D added post-production like this is pretty stupid.

    • watch me boogie says:

      Ditto. It just looks like crap. Should be fun for the uber-fans, though.

      I think Lucas’s visual style is unappealing enough in 2-d, ta.

      • OutPastPluto says:

        Well, for the prequels it might be a little less absurd. They were done mostly with CGI so all of that could be redone with 3D in mind. The real problem is that the 3D effects are likely to be the less egregious changes made.

    • Pax says:

      Gotta agree with you. I’m a big fan of the movies – heck, the first movie I remember seeing in the theaters is Star Wars itself – but I won’t be seeing the 3D versions.

    • nbs2 says:

      Yeah, but it is the only opportunity I can think of that I will have to take the kids to see Star Wars in a theater. Dec 2015, she’ll be almost 9 and he’ll be 6. If Han still shoots second, then we can wait another year and I can take a 10 and 7yo to see them.

      I’ll endure the poor post-production 3D to have that opportunity. And releasing Jar Jar means that I get to let them age for three more years before taking them.

    • Tom Foolery says:

      Oh, i dunno…Nightmare Before Giftmas looked pretty good in 3D.

  2. Audi_addict says:

    I may simply because I never saw them in theaters the last time they were out, but the 3D part might be the deal breaker.

  3. ThunderRoad says:

    Dear Mr. Lucas.

    Fuck you.

    Your (former) Fans

    PS: Midichlorians? Really?!

    • ThunderRoad says:

      PPS: Han shoots first!

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Of the two questions I wished were never asked/answered in Star Wars, one was Anakin asking about midichlorians and the other was : “What is to become of Jar Jar Binks here?”

      • apd09 says:

        In defense of the midichlorian statement, that is a well known fact in the cannon of Star Wars as to how the Jedi are separated genetically from the general population. All he was doing was bringing it into the mainstream for people who never read the books pre-saga, of/during the saga, and post saga.

        It did not need to be included in the movie and I agree it could have been cut and not missed at all, but they had to establish why Anakin was thought to be the chosen one and the answer to the prophecy of a person bringing balance to the force. If they did not tell you he had the highest count people might have wondered what made him different and or special. That could have been answered in later movies with discussion of his powers, but it laid the groundwork to reinforce his powers as opposed to introducing his powers.

        Does that make sense? I agree it sucked, but it was a necessary evil.

        • drizzt380 says:

          Qui-gonn: I sense that this boy is important. That the fate of the every jedi hinges on his future.

          There mission complete(of course, I’m not a dialogue writer so my line sucks). Vague future sense. We already know that Jedi can sense vague impressions of the future(Luke on Dagobah). Then its determined that Anakin has force sensitivity, Qui-Gonn dies, and makes Obi-wan promise to train the boy.

          And while the EU may have vaguely mentioned something being different genetically(I like vagueness, vagueness always worked when it came to the force), The Phantom Menace first introduced midi-chlorians. I believe this was a detriment to the idea of the Force, which used to by rather mystic and unknowable.

          • OutPastPluto says:

            I cringed at that Midichlorian nonsense myself but I always viewed it more as an indication of how the Jedi had gotten off track at that point. There was already something quite rotten on the planet of Coruscant since Palapatine could wander around under everyone’s noses for so long. The Jedi had serious issues even without Anakin in the mix.

    • ElizabethD says:

      Chacun a son gout. My favorite of all 6 movies is Attack of the Clones. ROTS is close behind ESB.

    • mac-phisto says:

      that PS was completely unnecessary.

      • mac-phisto says:

        oh, that’s a def. NSFW, btw.

      • MeowMaximus says:

        I would have gone and shot Lucas after he finished Empire Strikes Back. Ewoks are just one of the long list of things I can not forgive that jerk for. The subsequent re-edits and “re-imaginings” of the original trilogy have done nothing but make them worse.

  4. notovny says:

    I’ve never been happy with an updimensioned #D movie. I suppose it’s possible that they might have gotten better at retroactively 3Difying, but at this point, if the movie wasn’t shot in 3D, I have no plans to see the 3D version.

    • kc2idf says:

      Right on! Give the parrot a cracker!

      If it wasn’t shot in 3D, then I don’t want to watch it in 3D. This is the new version of the “colourizing” that went on in the 80’s.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        YES! Oh my God, I HATED the colorizing. I probably won’t see this in 3D, even though it would be awesome to see Episode IV in the theater again. (I saw it when it came out.)

  5. ThunderRoad says:

    I hope the make the Star Wars Holiday Special into 3D too!

  6. Talisker says:

    Hmm, $20 to see a movie I’ve already seen a couple of times but to see it through 3-D glasses darkly?

    For those of you that want to go, rest assured that there will be at least one less person in line ahead of you.

  7. El_Fez says:

    Bah! I wont see ANY movie in 3D – the damn process gives me a migraine for the rest of the day! They could be showing the complete, restored Metropolis with every single frame of footage found again and commentary from Fritz Lang himself and I wouldn’t go.

    If it was the anaglyph process (the red/blue glasses) sure, but not this modern crap.

  8. thereviewer says:

    For real? Powerless? The movie sucks on it’s own, and then they are going to ruin it further by doing a post production 3-D retrofit, and you will be powerless to not pay to go see this crap? This is the complete opposite of what your website is about. It is about being a smart consumer and not falling for the bullshit that corporations throw at you, and you will be powerless? Sounds like you need to get a new job at and leave consumerist to some smarter people.

    • drizzt380 says:

      While his powerlessness may reflect on him as a person, not every decisions you make can be an economical one.

      People have preferences. People have fanaticism when it comes to certain things. Would you deny a good consumer their guilty pleasures? Would you deny a Star Wars fan a chance to see their favourite movie on the big screen(something that happens very rarely) even when tainted by 3D?

      I wouldn’t. But I like to actually go do things. You know, see a play rather than renting a much cheaper movie production of it. Go to a concert rather than just buying a CD.

    • El_Fez says:

      Dude, it’s Star Wars. There are some things one cannot resist.

  9. balthisar says:

    I’d rather have Blu-Ray rips available than this.

  10. Murph1908 says:

    You know, Ted Turner really improved the classics by colorizing them a couple of decades ago. A new trend of 3Dizing some of our favorites will be great!


    • Disappointed says:

      I know! I can’t wait to see “Citizen Kane” in 3-D! :-)

      • Dave Farquhar says:

        And the good thing about Citizen Kane and other B&W films is the ability to double-dip. They can do it in 3D in black and white, and then, a few years later, do it 3D *and* colorized.

        • Hooray4Zoidberg says:

          True then they can re-flatten and de-colorize those prints and release a remastered classic 2D B&W collectors addition.

  11. dolemite says:

    As long as Han shoots second, I’m not watching! Even if they did shorten the delay.

  12. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    I said it yesterday. Can we get a restraining order against Lucas so he must stay 100 yards away from any Star Wars movie?

    I watch the “originals” when Spike decides to get the most out of their licensing contract and play them all day long. Why did Lucas think that when searching the planet in A New Hope, the storm troopers should ride lizard creatures which swing the rider wildly around, making the act of looking for something nearly impossible, and also walk slower than the storm troopers right next to it? That is just one stupid thing he’s done.

    I would honestly rather watch the Plinkett reviews of the Star Wars films than ANY of the prequels. Lucas stopped trying and decided to be “cute” doing stuff like making Jango Fett bang his head on Slave 1. There are so many plot holes in The Phantom Menace, that my Ego could walk through the plot, and not hit it’s head.

    • ElizabethD says:

      He didn’t hit his head.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        He did.

        Note the “CLANG” noise. This is a call back to A New Hope when a storm trooper hits his head on a door:

        Since the storm troopers are clones of Jango, they added this to Episode 2 to explain why it happened in Episode 4.

    • Murph1908 says:


      And when the plot gives him a fantastic chance to do something powerful and intense, he doesn’t see it (or ignores it).

      Imagine a scene when a young Boba Fett sees dozens of copies of his father lying dead on a battlefield. It was there for the taking, but missed.

      • Hooray4Zoidberg says:

        Or you know actually have Darth Vader turn evil and slaughter children over something a little more significant than a dream about his girlfriend dying and mood swings from late onset puberty. Also please a lot more than 35 seconds for this transformation from hero to bastard.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        And explain why Obi Wan does nothing but complain about R2 in Episode 3, then claims he doesn’t know him in Episode 4. Or why R2, who’s memory was not wiped, doesn’t remind Obi-Wan as to who he is.

        • SixOfOne says:

          It was that convenient whack to the head that he got somewhere, and now he can’t remember anything.

          I really wish Lucas would just stay away from Star Wars.

  13. Holybalheadedchrist! says:

    Couldn’t he make a new movie? This is like seeing the Beach Boys singing “Be True to Your School” at 85, or whatever they are.

  14. Jozef says:

    So far, movies that were converted to 3D didn’t impress me at all. I see no reason to pay inflated prices for them, regardless how popular they once were.

  15. ArcanaJ says:

    The idea of JarJar or the Ewoks celebration in 3D fills me with sadness.

    And rage.

    And nausea.

  16. kyle4 says:

    After watching the brief making of Indiana Jones & … Crystal Skull last night I surmised that George Lucas is a hack. He wanted to name the movie Indiana Jones & The Saucermen and wanted aliens to invade. Wisely, Steven Spielberg said hell no. Then there’s the fact that he didn’t write the script for or direct Empire Strikes back, arguably the best in the series. He didn’t direct Return of the Jedi either. Was it a fluke or because of a talented design team that the original Star Wars was so great?

    George is taking films shot in 2D and translating them to 3D which won’t be the same as Avatar obviously. How about instead of milking Star Wars for the next 30 years he makes another movie?

  17. apd09 says:

    so by 2015 when he is showing Empire, won’t there be hologram theaters where it is like watching a play on a stage in front of you? I think 3D will have run its course by 2012 or 2013 and people are not going to care.

    I am a huge Star Wars fan, but even I don’t care about the 3D release and am more excited for the Blu-Ray release.

  18. redskull says:

    Since Lucas is so fond of endlessly tinkering with the SW films, maybe he’ll rewrite and refilm Phantom Menace. Otherwise I have no desire to ever see that movie again, in ANY dimension.

  19. ElizabethD says:

    I cannot express adequately how EXTREMELY PSYCHED I am about this. Not so much about 3d, which tends to freak me out, but about seeing the whole series in theaters again.

    Gahhhhh! *fangirl faints*

  20. myCatCracksMeUp says:

    I watched the first three Star Wars (episodes 4 – 6) when they came out in theatres and loved them.

    I watched episode 1 in theatres and HATED it. I’ve never seen 5 and 6 and I’m sure I’ll go to my grave without having seen them.

    • ElizabethD says:

      You ought to at least see 5 and 6, seriously. I LOVED Attack of the Clones — I loved all the new worlds Lucas created, and the stuff on the old worlds. I felt it was a worthy bridge to what came next. Ewan McGregor *nailed* a young Alec Guinness (Obi-wan Kenobi), and despite the critics, I thought Hayden Christensen did a great job as the angry young Anakin Skywalker — petulant, stubborn, and growing increasingly obsessed with preventing… well, you have to see it.
      And Revenge of the Sith is the perfect tragic end to the heyday of the Jedi, leading to the dark days between the creation of Darth Vader and the introduction of Luke et al. in episode 1. I cried at the end!

      • myCatCracksMeUp says:

        Based on your comment, maybe I will give them a chance. Thanks.

      • FilthyHarry says:

        I thought Hayden’s perfomance was horrendous. Though it may have been Lucas’ fault. What could be stupider than foreshadowing something that everyone knows is going to happen? Having Anakin forshadow is fall to the darkside by make him (a supposed jedi) act like a whiney petulant mopey punk, was nauseating to watch plus kinda devalued the whole jedi mystiqe. As in ‘oh, they’re not that special’

        More to the point. Attempting to compare Avarar’s 3D acheivement with whatever he thinks he can do with a 1977 non-3d film just shows how much Lucas has lost any artistic credibility he ever had. He’s just a barker at a fair.

    • apd09 says:

      wait a second I watched the first three Star Wars (episodes 4 – 6) when they came out in theatres and loved them. I watched episode 1 in theatres and HATED it. I’ve never seen 5 and 6 and I’m sure I’ll go to my grave without having seen them.

      do you mean you never saw Episodes 2+3, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith?

      • myCatCracksMeUp says:

        Dang – I hate it when I do that – have a thought that’s clear in my mind, but comes out wrong.

        It is Episodes 2 and 3 that I have not seen, because I hated episode 1 so much.

        I didn’t think it was at all like the first 3 (episodes 4 – 6)

  21. Rachacha says:

    These are not the movies you are looking for.

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  22. HappyFunTimes says:

    George, please just stop it. You should have continued the story arc after Episode VI. That universe is so much more interesting than the prequels.

    Please, if you won’t make the movies after VI, just focus on the Clone Wars animated series which I really enjoy. Stop beating a dead horse.

  23. Dr.Wang says:

    At the risk of seeing/hearing Jar Jar Binks again, I think I will stay away from that episode. I imagine it would make the original 1976 star wars look like crap. Did you notice how degraded “Alice” was in 3D? (the process of making things appear in the background made those things very blurry)

  24. doomsdayZen says:

    There are only three Star Wars movies and they all starred Mark Hamill. They were released once in their original theatrical format on standard definition DVD some years ago. That is all there is to say about the Star Wars saga.

  25. OutPastPluto says:

    Kudos for the Holiday Special reference there… ‘-)

  26. diasdiem says:

    Never. No more money from me, Lucas.

  27. Cicadymn says:

    Isn’t the biggest plothole in all of Star Wars how Yoda was bitching about sensing evil in Anakin many many many years away, yet completely ignored Big Papa Palpatine.

    • DeepHurting says:

      I’ve always wondered how all these Jedi Masters could have been eradicated by FREAKIN’ STORMTROOPERS. I mean, the comic-relief Battle Droids were defeating these guys. Sheesh.

  28. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    That’s great. I Ioved SW1 and saw it almost as many times as Repo Man and RHPS – the latter for some reason being a good get-lucky-later chick flick – but with low probability of taking them to meet mother.

  29. lukesdad says:

    The best part about the prequels was before any of them were released. The thrill I got watching the Phantom Menace teaser trailer was never equaled by any of the actual movies.

  30. JulesNoctambule says:

    We saw the guys from Mythbusters give a talk recently and at one point, Adam apologized for having worked on Phantom Menace, adding that he was not responsible in any way for Jar Jar. Even the little kids applauded.

  31. FilthyHarry says:

    Your headline is incorrect.

  32. theblackdog says:

    Ugh, no no no no no no no no no no. George Lucas needs to be banned from ever touching a Star Wars movie ever again. It was bad enough when he messed with the original three movies, and now he wants to go further by trying to render them in 3D.

    I need to see if I can find VHS copies of the original version of Star Wars and rip them to DVD. I won’t watch any others, period.

  33. suez says:

    Han shot first!

  34. Clyde Barrow says:

    These movies in 3D would be really cool except for the fact that I’ll end up barfing with the first tie-fighter flying across the screen. Hope you folks enjoy it though.

  35. Lollerface says:

    No George! Bad! Bad! I am not paying to see these again.

  36. the_Jenkins says:

    Lame lame lame. Who really needs to see these crappy movies again, and pay $15 to do so? This is more proof Lucas is the luckiest person ever in entertainment. He just happened to think of a good story and has made billions from it. If you need proof of his luck with SW, just look at his other crappy projects (Howard the Duck!).

    I saw down with Lucas. He’s trash and the best films of the saga are the one’s he didn’t direct.

  37. TheGreySpectre says:

    If he just showed the original 3 in their original theatrical glory I would pay to watch it.

  38. human_shield says:

    Lame. Stop remastering the old movies and make something new.

  39. perfectly_cromulent says:

    I don’t care about the 3D…..but I can’t help but want to see them in the theatre again!

  40. NotEd says:

    Out of curiousity I may go see The Empire Strikes Back in 3D when it arrives, just like I went out of my way to see the “Special Edition” at a THX certified theater.
    I figure by then I hopefully will have a job where I can afford to pay inflated 3D ticket prices.

  41. 108Reliant says:

    This reader will not be wasting his hard earned money (again) to see this saga in 3D. This new technology is a fad, and hence it will fade away in due time. I couldn’t care less to see a lightsaber flash over my head. George, your wasting your time with this.

  42. NumberSix says:

    No thank you Mr. Goiter.

  43. Jason Litka says:

    Lucas can bite me. First he screwes up the original trilogy by adding scenes and changing existing ones, then he releases the trash called episodes 1-3 (well, 3 was ok, 2 was marginal, 1 stunk though). Now he wants us to all buy into the fad of 3D television that requires special glasses & gives half the people that use it headaches.

    You can’t sink much lower, but I’m sure he’ll try again in a decade. How about we do a 4th release and give Jar Jar a cowboy hat?

  44. LADude says:

    Wow, what sad, sad, negativity in this forum! I’m sorry Mr. Lucas is ruining your childhood by remastering these movies in 3D, but, my god, get a freaking life, people.

    And to all you clueless naysayers of 3D, I will just say this:

    It is the future for TV and film, deal with it. If done right, and Lucas WILL do these conversions right, they will blow all you whiny little complainers out of the water. This isn’t some 6 week rushed “Clash of the Titans”. Show him a little more respect than that.

    He was been waiting for the technology to come into its own for YEARS.

    He has shown 3D demos for YEARS.

    He’s talked about doing this for YEARS.

    If you don’t like it, here’s a crazy idea….. don’t go see it!!!!! Leave new technology to people with an open mind….

  45. sparc says:

    i already feel bad that i paid for Episodes 1,2, and 3 in the theater. Why would any sane person want to pay to see them again?

    Lucas should pay us to see them….

  46. Mr.Grieves says:

    I won’t be watching the terrible prequels.

    And if the originals are the altered ones (greedo shoots first) I won’t watch those. Which is too bad because I never had a chance to watch those ones in theaters.

  47. george69 says:

    I did not like star wars. In fact I never watched a full star wars movie except the first one that I watched when I was a kid. F’n stupid movies.

  48. quail says:

    I’ll complain with the rest of you, but the fact of the matter is that episodes 1-3 made more money than 4 -6. Sad, but true. As to the money churning machine that is Lucas, he’ll make the benjamins because people will want to go and see what’s different. It’s like when he added CGI scenes to episodes 4 -6. Everyone had to see what was new…

  49. Razor512 says:

    Post production 3D is never good. I have tried it and it is always bad.

    When 3D is added at post, things such as distance and object detail and shape are not taken into account while when using an actual camera designed for it, through the nature of 2 image sensors spaced the correct distance apart will naturally take all of this into account.

    While a pro company will do a more in depth 3D conversion, they will never go frame by frame and fine tune the 3D for each individual object in the scene, it will just take too long and a computer can not automate the process of intelligently handling each object. So what you end up with is general 3D effects where sections of the screen may have more 3D than others, overall it looks much faker and muddier than a true 3D recording

  50. howie_in_az says:

    I think I speak for everyone when I say DO NOT WANT.

  51. msky says:

    I can quote the whole South Park episode here, but whats the point.