Yes it’s official, in less 12 months we will see George Lucas’ next crime against humanity, the first re-release of the Star Wars Saga in 3D. The first chronological episode of the saga, The Phantom Menace, is due for a 3D release on February 10th 2012. Considering The Phantom Menace not only remains one probably the most reviled of the saga as well as one of the worst films ever committed to celluloid I won’t be rushing out to see this. Can’t see many fans doing it either, for the former reasons.
Nor will I be rushing out to see any other bastardised, conversion hack job done by a man who has clearly run out of ideas and is now just wanting to squeeze the remaining cash out of the proverbial cow. But hey at least George will have this one out just in time before the world ends.
Courtesy of Collider, the Lucasfilm press release is below:
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date – February 10, 2012! Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a “galaxy far, far away,” Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga’s most stunning and spectacular sequences – from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.