3D Star Wars Saga to Begin in 2012

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George Lucas’ classic tale from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away is getting a new (re)lease on life in the third dimension.

Lucasfilm Ltd. Has announced it will convert all six live-action Star Wars feature films into stereoscopic 3D for theatrical release. The films will be released in episodic order, starting with Star Wars: Episode I ‘ The Phantom Menace, on a roughly annual basis starting in 2012. That schedule would put the release of Star Wars: Episode VI ‘ Return of the Jedi in 2017.

“Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,” said John Knoll, visual effects supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, in a statement on StarWars.com. “It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something that you can rush if you want to expect good results. For Star Wars we will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience.”

A stereoscopic 3D conversion had long been rumored for the series, which is one of the most beloved of all time.