George Lucas just can't leave his six "Star Wars" movies alone. Back in mid 1990s he got the bright idea of revamping his original trilogy with new state-of-the-art computer-generated effects to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "A New Hope" (Star Wars). As if the effects in any of those films needed to be replaced? And, of course, he made Greedo shoot first, which still keeps me up at night.
Now, Lucas wants to fiddle with his beloved films once again, turning them all into 3D movies.
This new conversion of these beloved films into the medium of the moment, 3D, has been rumored for some time, but now Lucas and his buddies at Lucasfilm are moving forward.
The first film to get the 3D treatment, "The Phantom Menace", which may actually be improved by a revamp. Maybe the film maker will remove some of Jar Jar's scenes, and replace all of Jake Lloyd's lines? ...... but ......... that's probably just wishful thinking.
If everything goes as planned, "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace 3D" will be ready to join the log-jam of sci fi and fantasy films slated for release in 2012.
Effects supervisor John Knoll, who is in charge of the 3D revamp, says, "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."
What everyone at Lucasfilm, and Lucas himself, fail to realize, is that "Star Wars" fans really like the 'old' experience, before he started messing with the films over a decade ago.
I do have to admit, however, that I have always felt that "Return of the Jedi" would have made a great 3D film, with the speeder bikes racing through the woods of Endor and the mass of Tie Fighters coming out of the screen at ya.
I'll just have to reserve some of my comments til after these are finished. This could still be a good thing.
"Star Wars" fans should note that this probably won't be the last time the these films get reworked in some form or another. Lucas has often said that "movies are never finished, just often abandoned."
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