Well, it appears that good old George Lucas is running short of cash again and wants to re-re-re-release the Star Wars movies again; this time in 3D. The current plan is to kick off the 3-D makeover in 2012 with 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” and then follow with the five other movies, in numerical order, in consecutive years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Now I really liked the 3D effects in Avatar, but it was SHOT in 3D. These movies will have to computer processed to create the 3D effects and my experience with that kind of movie is that they always look artificial. From MTV.com’s website (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1648940/20100929/story.jhtml)… “Lucas’ famed Industrial Light & Magic special-effects shop will oversee the 3-D conversion. Considering the flack some filmmakers have received for converting to 3-D after the fact to ill effect, Lucas promised in a press release that the greatest care will be taken not to tarnish the “Star Wars” legend.
“Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,” said ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll. “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.”
Well, I for one, will not likely be going to see it in 3D. Maybe I’m getting old, but it seems to me that there are a lot of stories to tell in 2D that Hollywood could undertake rather than rehash (for the 4th time?). With all the plethora of remake movies and TV shows it seems recently, I’m surprised George isn’t saying he’s going to re-do, from scratch, the entire series at the same time.
Oh well. May the Farce be with you!! (You too, George!)