We all knew it was coming. George Lucas has mentioned the idea a number of time over the years.
Now, StarWars.com is carrying the story that the STAR WARS films are being digitally converted to 3-D, begining with THE PHANTOM MENACE.
John Knoll will supervise the project with Industrial Light & Magic.
Knoll said “Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right. 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.”
STAR WARS: Episode I – THE PHANTOM MENACE is expected to be released theatrically in 2012.
As mentioned above, George Lucas has been interested in the conversion process for some time, and it would appear that he thinks the technology is mataure enough to suit his standards.
I’m actually glad they’re starting with the “prequel” trilogy, as that gives them plenty of time for trial and error before getting to the original trilogy.
An interview with John Knoll can be found HERE