"Star Wars" Movies Will Return to Theaters in 3-D

By Michael Preston
|  Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 AM CDT
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The Force will return to theaters once again, but this time it will get a 3-D enhancement.

Lucasfilms has announced that all six of the "Star Wars" films will be re-released in 3-D formart starting in 2012, reports the New York Times.

Fans of the films will be able to relive the famous Death Star attack from the original "Star Wars" and the Millennium Falcon asteroid chase scene from "The Empire Strikes Back" in a fresh way, but there is a catch; the movies will hit the silver screen in sequential order, meaning that 1999's "The Phantom Menace" will be the first film to get the new treatment.

The movies are being converted by Industrial Light & Magic, Lucas' special effects firm that worked on all six movies. Twentieth Century Fox , which also distributed the original films, will act as distributor again.

John Knoll, a visual effects supervisor for ILM, explained why the movies aren't being rushed out to catch some of the residual success of James Cameron's massive 3-D hit, "Avatar."

"Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right," he said. "It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something 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."

Selected Reading: New York Times, Star Wars.com, LA Times

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