Star Wars to be re-released in 3D starting with The Phantom Menace in 2012

Trailer of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, which was first released in 1999

After the 3D success of Avatar, George Lucas has decided to re-release his epic Star Wars series in 3D starting with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 2012, reports The Los Angeles Times. The five other films in the series will be shown in order in the next few years, "depending on how well the first re-release does," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Admitting he has "not been a big fan of 3D," Lucas told Access Hollywood according to The Los Angeles Times, "(Avatar) definitely improves in (the field of) 3D... For years and years and years, we’ve been trying to put Star Wars in 3D but (the) technology hasn’t been there. We’ve been struggling with it, but I think this will be a new impetus to make that happen."

Lucas’ special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, will oversee the 3D conversion of the films. Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll said in a press release reported by The Los Angeles Times, "We will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience."

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