Officially announced today, George Lucas will begin rolling out his STAR WARS Saga to theaters in 3D beginning with Episode I: THE PHANTOM MENACE on February 10, 2012.
While no additional episode release dates were given, John Knoll and the Industrial Light & Magic team are taking their time to convert the films into 3D format very carefully: “Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right.” Knoll also noted previously: “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.”
Today’s full announcement:
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.