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Release Date Set for “Star Wars Episode I” in 3D

You knew it was coming, and now with the announcement made by Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox, you now know when Episode I is going to strike (pun intended): February 10, 2012.

The official press release out of San Francisco states:

“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.”

So there you have it. You knew the Star Wars saga would be re-released (yet again) in your lifetime and the 3-D format is just the cover Lucas and co. require for justification. On the one hand, if any genre is suited for 3D, it’s sci-fi, with its penchant for exotic locales and a lot of debris flying in various directions. On the other, the films are being converted into the 3-D format, not shot (obviously), which hasn’t yielded the most positive results for past films (here’s looking at you, Clash of the Titans …).

What say you, PA readers? Will Industrial Light & Magic be “meticulous” enough to warrant a return trip to a galaxy far, far away in 3D? Or does the thought of a 3-D Jar Jar Binks scare the crap out of you as much as the 2-D one did?

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