Star Wars going 3D, but not all fans impressed

Last month George Lucas confirmed at a convention that the Star Wars saga would release on Blu-ray Disc. Now, the director says Star Wars will be converted to 3D, with Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace to be the first shown in 3D theaters in 2012 (possibly mid-February). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the six Star Wars films will be released sequentially every year.

The web has been flooded with comments from fans who are against the 3D conversion. “This is lame, he is going to milk this forever,” says one reader of The Hollywood Reporter article. A comment made to an LA Times article simply read, “noooooooooooooooooooo!” And, online publication TheMPPC says that Star Wars has “jumped the shark” by going 3D.

We first wrote about Lucas considering 3D versions of the Star Wars saga back in February of this year. Lucas was rumored to be putting a $10 million price tag on the conversion of each film, which would take about 16 weeks to complete.

Lucas at the time was talking with a San Diego company who supposedly could convert an old film to 3D in about 16 weeks. Now, it appears Lucas’ own Industrial Light & Magic will “oversee” the conversion, according the LA Times. 20th Century Fox will, as they always have, distribute the newly converted 3D films.

Star Wars has at times looked like it could be “jumping the shark.” From the moment those little Ewoks were taking down Stormtroopers with rocks to the head in the Battle for Endor, to Jar Jar Binks and his unearthly goofiness (Disney’s “Goofy” character does come into mind), Lucas has had his share of “sharky” moments.

But, a 3D version on top of an original trilogy that has already had its re-releases and revised scenes does seem over-the-top. A 3D version of Star Wars could be likened to just another sub-product like lunch boxes, underwear, and McDonalds Happy Meal toys rather than great filmmaking.

How do you feel about this news? Is a 3D conversion of Star Wars a sacrilegious act? Or, has Lucas exploited the franchise to the point where it doesn’t matter any more?

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Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot writes about technology, broadcasting, and digital entertainment. You can also find him on Gameverse, Gadget Review, and Google+.

3 Replies to “Star Wars going 3D, but not all fans impressed”

  1. Steve says:

    As a huge Star Wars fan, and geek, I personal will love to see all 6 in 3D. If they do a good job on the conversions, which with the release date in early 2012, it means they are taking their time, so it should be good. I just can imagine the Trench Run in 3D with the laser bolts, and towers flying by you, like your with Luke on his fateful run. Or His 1st duel with Vader in Empire, with Vader throwing all that junk at him, flying towards the audience in your face.

    With that said, I am 100% opposed to all things 3D, Avatar was cool because it was FILMED in 3D, not converted to capitalize on the success of 3D.

    Sammy, Clones and Sith were both filmed and presented digitally.

  2. sammy says:

    the new films may look cool in 3d but the old ones will look totally fake. SW should stay 2d but maybe Clone Wars would work cause it starts off digital anyway. doesnt matter what fans say anyway SW in 3d is gonnna happen and look terrible.

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