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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yes, Star Wars is Going to be in 3D. Settle Down, Nerds...

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM

... because so is The Lord of the Rings, and so is Titanic, and so is every other perennially popular blockbuster you can think of. Shit, Disney's already got their 3D version of Beauty and the Beast in the can, just waiting for a release date that'll give them maximum profit. If the not-so-new, not-so-shocking news that you'll soon be right alongside the ewoks in Return of the Jedi really has you that upset, either you haven't been paying attention to how Hollywood's been operating lately, or you're remembering the ewoks as being way, way cooler than they actually were.

Anyway, via Variety:

Fanboys may already be polishing their 3D glasses for the theatrical re-release of the Star Wars saga in stereoscopic.

But 3D pros are more excited about the prospect of seeing a 3D conversion with sufficient time and resources to deliver a quality result.

And getting that quality result won't be easy. The Star Wars pics are full of challenges for even the most advanced technology.

Lucasfilm disclosed Tuesday that work is already under way on converting the Star Wars saga to 3D. All six pics will get theatrical re-release in stereoscopic starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which returns to theaters in 2012.

Heh. The Phantom Menace. Take it, Simon Pegg!

Watching TPM in 3D would be like the car actually crashing into your face as opposed to just unfolding before your eyes.

Phantom Menace's long stretches of trade negotiations aside, I'm kind of stoked about seeing the Battle of Hoth, that whole opening sequence of Revenge of the Sith, and a slew of other Star Wars set pieces in 3D. As long as Lucas doesn't add a chorus line of 3D dancing midichlorians into Jabba's "jazz hands!" dance sequence, I'm pretty okay with this. I mean, damn. Think of the series' most iconic shot. You really think it won't be cool to see this in 3D?

Necessary? Of course not. Inevitable? Yes. Still kinda cool? Totally. If you're intent on crying about how Lucas is yet again raping your childhood, focus on the really disturbing stuff.

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