“Star Wars” to Return in 3D

Luke Skywalker is coming back to wield his lightsaber in theaters–this time in 3D. Lucasfilm Ltd and Twentieth Century Fox announced on Wednesday that 3D versions of the six-film “Star Wars” saga will be released to theaters.
Star Wars: Episode I–The Phantom Menace” will be the first to get the 3D treatment, with a release date set for 2012.
The films will be converted to 3D at George Lucas‘ Industrial Light & Magic effects company. John Knoll, who is the visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, said they will ensure that the quality of the films will not suffer during conversion. “Getting good results…is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,” Knoll said.
Lucas began the multibillion-dollar franchise in 1977 with the release of “Star Wars.” The first film was followed by two sequels, “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. Lucas revived the franchise with the release of three prequels to the first trilogy, beginning with “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in 1999. The last two films of the saga, “Episdoe II: Attack of the Clones” and “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” were released in 2002 and 2005, respectively.