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Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the jabba-in-surround-slime dept.

Star Wars Prequels 409

bowman9991 writes "Star Wars creator George Lucas is converting all six films from his iconic science fiction saga into 3D and will re-release them in theatres in 2012. 'Episode I: The Phantom Menace' will be released first."

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Oh no. Not again. (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731070)

I have a very bad feeling about this.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (2)

Dragooner (1808336) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731078)

Money Grab. Sigh.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (5, Insightful)

BonquiquiShiquavius (1598579) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731236)

Seriously...is there any other film franchise out there that blatantly squeezes more money out of its fans? I myself am not a real Star Wars fan, but even I'm disgusted at the constant re-releases / special editions / extra special editions with 23 extra seconds of never before seen footage. The VHS/DVD/BluRay upgrade cycle for the exact same movie is bad enough. I mean, I know the fans who keep buying into this shit are the ultimate ones to blame...but who do you hate more...the crackhead or the asshole dealer that will do anything to enable and string out the addict until there's nothing left?

Re:Oh no. Not again. (3, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731266)

Star Wars isn't alone. Lord of the Rings has something like a dozen editions. Blade Runner has so many director's cuts, I've decided Ridley Scott must be schizophrenic. Even Memento has a version where it tells the story chronological order. I don't know why I bought three copies.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (2, Insightful)

dwywit (1109409) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731328)

Enjoy over-stating things, do we? Blade Runner has 3 versions and an unofficial workprint - hint for you, here: LOTS of films are shown to test audiences as works-in-progress and then undergo their final edits. The producers took over editing the first version, and THEY were responsible for the voice-over and happy ending, not Ridley Scott. Scott didn't have nearly as much to do with the first "director's cut" as he did over the final version. The reason it took so long to get the final version was protracted negotiations with the owners of the film - get it? Scott doesn't own this film, unlike Lucas and his golden geese. Besides, even though it's a cult favourite, you can hardly put BR in the same money league as SW. It's just not going to pull in as many suckers^W fans to keep buying those new, special, collectors, Blu-ray editions.

Yes, yes I know you were being ironic.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (2, Informative)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731354)

You do realize that the chronological version of Memento came with regular version as a "special feature", right? Hardly a Lucas style moneygrab. I don't know why you bought three copies either...

We can dream. (5, Funny)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731268)

Maybe the new editions of episodes 1-3 won't suck?

Re:We can dream. (2, Funny)

dsavi (1540343) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731464)

Oink oink, flap flap.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (5, Funny)

Amarantine (1100187) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731462)

but who do you hate more...the crackhead or the asshole dealer that will do anything to enable and string out the addict until there's nothing left?

I think the correct SW line would be: who's more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?

Re:Oh no. Not again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731104)

With all the time and money spent over the last 30 years, he could of created two more Six-film epic sagas.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731278)

Two more ?

To my knowledge, he created one three-film epic saga, and one three-film abortion.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (1)

The_mad_linguist (1019680) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731324)

You're misparsing it. He's saying Lucas could have created two {more epic} {six film sagas}, not {two more} {epic six film sagas}

Of course, Penny Arcade [penny-arcade.com] predicted this a while back.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731120)

*cough*

Re:Oh no. Not again. (3, Interesting)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731134)

I agree, I don't think the older 3 Star Wars films stand up as modern sci-fi because they feel small (due to the lack of CGI), and the new ones just aren't that interesting.

The first two are still very good when viewed as vintage films (which they are). But splicing in CGI here and there (and, I predict, adding 3d) makes them uneven and a pushes them into areas where they can't compete against contemporary films.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731230)

zzzzz

I've seen the Star Wars stories multiple times now. I'm sick of them. I'd rather watch new material like Haven, Eureka, Stargate, and so on. Plus whatever comes out in "Asimov's Science Fiction" each month.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (4, Funny)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731160)

Oh, I don't know. It sounds somewhat promising.

Maybe the plots and characters will actually have some depth in these new versions!

Re:Oh no. Not again. (5, Informative)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731216)

By the way, if you haven't seen the Red Letter Media Star Wars reviews [redlettermedia.com] yet, shame on you. At the least, set aside an hour and watch the Phantom Menace review. He goes above and beyond a normal video review (Menace is an hour, Clones is almost 90 minutes) explaining exactly why the movies fail so horribly.

The Star Trek movie reviews are also fantastic -- even better than the Star Wars ones, I think. Funny as hell, dead on the mark, and well worth the time to watch them.

Ya (5, Informative)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731198)

It seems to me if somethign wasn't shot in 3D, the conversion is going to be very bad. To the extent 3D works for movies at all, it is in situations like Avatar where it was shot entirely for 3D and more or less the move just has depth. It kinda looks like there's a hole in the wall of the theater, rather than a screen. Ok, fine. However if the movie wasn't shot in 3D, you can't do that. You can't capture that depth data you don't already have. So what does that mean? It means cheesy effects. Means most of the movie will be 2D with some really noticeable, and annoying, moments when somethign pops out of the screen at you.

While I'm not a fan of this 3D trend overall and I think it'll be a passing fad, I'm ok with movies properly shot for 3D. At least then it can gain something, it isn't a gimmick, just a way to try and make things more interesting. However I really don't like 3D when it is stupid and gimmicky, the "Hey look! This is in 3D! Are you not amazed?" No, I'm not, knock it off.

Unfortunately I have to imagine that is what this will be since I can't see any way of making it anything else. The original films were shot with only one camera, there just isn't the stereoscopic data there.

Re:Ya (5, Funny)

daveime (1253762) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731264)

It will never be a "passing fad" when the cinemas can charge DOUBLE for the privilege of watching it in 3D, and there are morons willing to pay it.

Reminds me of post on Failbook a while back ...

Person 1: I've just seen Avatar in 3D, it was awesome. I wish the whole world was 3D.
Person 2: It is.

Question is will they remain willing? (2, Informative)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731444)

It is something new, so people are intrigued. However will it have staying power? My guess is no. 3D movies with glasses is not a new idea. It has been tried twice before that I'm aware of, and was a failure in both cases (outside of a few specialist theaters). I don't think it is going to be here to stay.

Re:Ya (5, Funny)

SteeldrivingJon (842919) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731298)

In theory, the CGI content of the prequels could be re-rendered for genuine 3D, with the two camera viewpoints. Scenes that are entirely CGI ought to look great.

Then the 2D elements like the actors, and the 1D elements, like Hayden Christensen, could be composited in and, if necessary, plumped up with faux-3D.

Which might have a somewhat better result than if the completed, final frames of the films are used as input to the simulated 3D process. Which is pretty much what I think will have to be done with the original three films.

Re:Ya (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731366)

Very true. Theres only 1 eyes worth of data, so the 3D will never really be any good.

Also, the THX version of the original 3 movies that came out on Laserdisc was the best. Why oh why did Lucas stuff with things that were good, and make them worse?

Examples include the new explosion of the death star (looks like a BAD videogame explosion), Jabba at the spaceport ('hey jabba! I can put my hand right through you!' - maybe thats why hes going to do it in 3D, so we can do that as well), the totally lame new music at the end of Return of the Jedi, ad nauseum.

Sorry George, I can remember when you turned out cool movies, not just mangled your past successes.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (1)

Jimbookis (517778) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731304)

Why? I don't recall where I heard it but Lucas apparently said he was selling merchandise and toys, not movies. Keep an eye out for the next run of Jar Jar figurines at you local KMart.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (1)

BlueStrat (756137) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731340)

Why? I don't recall where I heard it but Lucas apparently said he was selling merchandise and toys, not movies. Keep an eye out for the next run of Jar Jar figurines at you local KMart.

Oh, thank goodness!

My supply of clay pigeons was getting low.

PULL!!

Strat

Re:Oh no. Not again. (1)

flanktwo (1041494) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731380)

Will they be in 3D?

Re:Oh no. Not again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731402)

I feel a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Re:Oh no. Not again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731482)

I have a very bad feeling about this.

Don't worry, even if I'm the only one who noticed, I recognize your intentional Star Wars cliche: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/I_have_a_bad_feeling_about_this

And the only way I'll admit it is as an Anonymous Coward.

4th post (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731074)

The first 3 sucked

A New Hope for a Mod Up (1)

BancBoy (578080) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731480)

AC made a funny!

Whats better than re-watching a horrible film? (1)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731082)

re-watching it *and* it being up in your face!!

Seriously - this has got to stop. Making a movie 3D doesn't make it good... *cough*Avata*cough*

Oh crap. (2, Funny)

tacarat (696339) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731084)

So now Amidala's frozen nipples on Tatooine really will put somebody's eye out?

Re:Oh crap. (3, Funny)

sithkhan (536425) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731344)

They will be counteracted by the hot grits in the pants.

Again? Seriously? (3, Insightful)

Cplus (79286) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731088)

Fuck you, George Lucas. Fuck you.

Re:Again? Seriously? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731156)

Why? No one is forcing you to watch the films. People at the watercooler might force you to hear how much they enjoyed it though. Is that the real problem?

Re:Again? Seriously? (1)

Cplus (79286) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731276)

I suppose it bothers me because I will be compelled to view. It's another couple hundred bucks out of my pocket. I also feel compelled to bitch about it, because that's what we do.

Re:Again? Seriously? (0)

Amarantine (1100187) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731492)

So it's Lucas' fault now that you are too weak to resist? For f***'s sake, if you don't like it, let your money talk and don't buy it.

Oh, no! (5, Funny)

scotts13 (1371443) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731092)

As if the prequel films didn't ALREADY cause massive headaches...

Release them in order? did they lose their mind :) (1)

youn (1516637) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731094)

Who would do such a thing? Why use the normal sequence of things? it's so old fashioned :p

ugh! (1)

aereinha (1462049) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731098)

I do not want to see a 3D Jar Jar Binks...

Re:ugh! (4, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731182)

Wouldn't that be Jar Jar Jar Binks now?

Re:ugh! (1)

flanktwo (1041494) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731374)

Ja.

Re:ugh! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731224)

But I do want to see a 3D Carrie Fisher in her slave girl gold bikini.

Re:ugh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731238)

I do not want to see a 3D Jar Jar Binks...

I felt a great disturbance in the force, like millions of fans crying out in terror at the thought of Episode One in 3D.

Its a TRAP! (5, Insightful)

nweaver (113078) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731102)

Its A Trap!
-Ackbar

rifftrax (1)

DarthBender (1071972) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731108)

The only way I'd see that is if Lucas added a rifftrax commentary (with none other than Nelson, Corbett and Murphy).

Re:rifftrax (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731144)

Wish I could mod you up. Agreed 100%. The riffs of Episodes 1, 2 and 3 are brilliant and make them almost watchable.

All you haters ... (5, Insightful)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731112)

All you haters are just jealous that you don't have your own multi-billion dollar franchise to rape over and over and over and over and over and over again

Re:All you haters ... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731246)

No. I think many of my fellow Slashdotter's are asking themselves "Can't George Lucas think of anything new to do?" If ever there was a case for modern day copyrights expiring, this would be it. Because if the copyrights did expire we'd be seeing an entirely new movie.

Re:All you haters ... (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731286)

I think the TV stuff he is doing is quite good...i.e. Clone Wars. Or do you mean completely new?

Re:All you haters ... (1)

OnePumpChump (1560417) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731434)

How much of that is Lucas?

Re:All you haters ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731314)

No. I think many of my fellow Slashdotter's are asking themselves "Can't George Lucas think of anything new to do?" If ever there was a case for modern day copyrights expiring, this would be it. Because if the copyrights did expire we'd be seeing an entirely new movie.

If it would prevent any more fucking terrible Star Wars movies from being made, I'm all for extending copyright to infinity then.

Re:All you haters ... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731412)

Aaron Copeland walked into an orchestra with his latest.

One of the musicians said "What's he calling it this time?"

Re:All you haters ... (4, Informative)

vlad30 (44644) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731460)

Not jealous, this is why copyrights should be limited to 7-14yrs Lucas would have to create something new instead of rerelease

Uh oh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731116)

I didn't believe that the world was gonna end in 2012, but now I do. Who would've thought the Maya could predict this!?

One moment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731118)

One moment while I attempt to care about 3-D Star Wars.....

Nope. Didn't work.
I just don't care.

Oh, and do us all a favor and spend no money on this. We don't need every blockbuster since '78 "remade" in 3-D. We really don't.

Thanks!

Jar Jar in 3D... (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731126)

...just might destroy the Hollywood 3D push in a single movie.

I say bring it on. Anyone who goes to watch crap in 3D should expect to get exactly that. No sympathy.

Re:Jar Jar in 3D... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731336)

...just might destroy the Hollywood 3D push in a single movie.

So that's what the Mayans predicted would happen in 2012...

I hope they space it out a little more (1)

joeflies (529536) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731128)

When the special editions came out in the late 90s, they re-released each movie in the original trilogy like every 3 weeks. Now I love Star Wars, changes & all, but still it felt about as close as back to back to back as I'd want to get (yes, I know many of us watch all 3 in the span of a day, but I'm not one of them).

If they released one a year, well at least that gives me some time to breathe and actually get EXCITED about seeing the next one.

Re:I hope they space it out a little more (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731176)

Or better yet, he could have done the other three movies that were originally planned in 3D.

3D gives me a headache. I'm certainly not going to plunk down cash to see the same old movie in 3D.

Re:I hope they space it out a little more (1)

GiveBenADollar (1722738) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731206)

I just hope they don't continue the saga of editing. I saw one of the re-release versions at a friends house a few years ago, I can't remember which "special" edition it was, but it lacked the tone of the original in several scenes. It seems like Lucas wants to reinvent the series with every new release and each step gets it further from the great plot and characters of the original. Maybe in this version they can make Luke blue and give Leigha 3 boobs.

What if... (2, Insightful)

StudMuffin (167171) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731130)

What if we just didn't go? Seriously. Don't go. Just don't. Don't do it.

INSTEAD, go to the movies that weekend, but SEE SOMETHING ELSE. Don't punish the theater owners by withholding business, but show Lucas that he is done fisting our childhoods.

Re:What if... (2, Insightful)

catbutt (469582) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731184)

What if, instead, if you want to go, go. If you don't, don't.

Boycotts don't work. They are asking people to go against their own self-interest. Nobody is going to go along with your "let's all agree to do this" plan, they'll all just do what they want to do. If they are curious and feel like seeing the movie, they will.

Anyway, I just don't understand how it is hurting you that he is doing this. You can still watch it in non-3d. Nobody is forcing you to see it in 3d.

Re:What if... (2, Insightful)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731218)

Well, don't go if you don't want. I'll sure go. I'm not religious and i'll have a good time.

Goddammit! No, George! (1)

Infernal Device (865066) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731148)

3D won't improve the movies as they weren't designed for it in the first place.

How long can they keep beating a dead horse? (1)

Andrioid (1755390) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731162)

Don't get me wrong. I like Star Wars and I think George Lucas did a great job, back in the day with the originals. I'm just sick of seeing the "Star Wars" brand exploited again, and again.

Re:How long can they keep beating a dead horse? (1)

Psaakyrn (838406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731194)

It depends on how long they can keep the copyrights.

Re:How long can they keep beating a dead horse? (1)

KiwiRed (598427) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731200)

It was great before it became a brand.

Adding depth (3, Funny)

atomicstrawberry (955148) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731174)

I guess Lucas got tired of people saying his films lack depth and are filled with flat, two-dimensional characters.

Fake 3D? (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731178)

Does annyone know what kind of quality level they can bring to the "3d-ification" of what is essentially 2D source material? The Last Airbender was genuinely atrocious in 3D, partially because the process of making 3D images from 2D films seems pretty bad at the moment. Of course, it was an atrocious movie in 2D too, but that's not my question.

Also, will he take the opportunity to re-do scenes from the prequels? This might be a great opportunity to edit Jar Jar, and some of the other embarassing storytelling problems with those movies.

Re:Fake 3D? (1)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731212)

He won't make Han shoot first, but maybe he can make Han shoot Jar-Jar.

Re:Fake 3D? (1)

penguinchris (1020961) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731306)

I saw Nightmare Before Christmas (filmed in 2D) in 3D. However, I can't comment on how good it was because I don't tend to be able to see the effect. It just doesn't work for me, instead it becomes blurry. There will be one or two shots in any 3D film where I can see it, and they tend to be the cheesy gimmicks. The Terminator one at Universal Studios worked the best for me so far, but that's probably because it was 100% gimmick (so is the Muppet Show one, but that doesn't work as well for me somehow). I didn't bother to see Avatar because the only reason in my mind to see it was for the 3D, and I'm not going to waste my money if it doesn't work for me.

Anyway, I *did* manage to get the effect a couple times in Nightmare Before Christmas, and was actually impressed with how seamlessly they were able to add depth. Rather astonishing really. I imagine it's easier to manipulate animation (even stop-motion as in that film) than it is to manipulate live-action, though, especially in Star Wars where there are a lot of details on the screen most of the time.

In any case, I sincerely doubt even George Lucas would go for this if it weren't feasible to make it work decently. A botched 3D version is not the same thing as crappy movies - people will still pay to see new Star Wars movies however bad, but they won't pay to see 3D versions of the ones they've already seen if they hear the 3D version sucks.

I definitely agree that this is a great opportunity to re-do stuff from the prequels. Re-doing the originals was a travesty, but the prequels are actually crying out for it. In fact it seems like the best way to add 3D would be to re-render basically everything but the actors, since most of it was green-screen work, and if you're going to do that you might as well change things :)

Re:Fake 3D? (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731488)

I think you may have answered your own question as to quality of converted 3D...

Hell, RotJ was on TV a few weeks ago and for some reason I watched part of it (have it on DVD already, of course :) I forgot how absolutely AWFUL the CG he added to it looked (notably the idiotic extra "song and dance" scene in Jabba's palace... uuugh, still makes me nauseous...)

Stop the (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731188)

Madness!

The Googles, They do EVERYTHING (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731192)

Even larger Explosion Rings in 3D! Now you can literally crawl peek under the cantina table to see who shot first!

Seriously though, as much as you might joke and the people here seem to complain, you know you'll all go see it.

My only wish is that they would add smell-o-vision so we could really taste Jabbas Palace.

Re:The Googles, They do EVERYTHING (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731274)

Seriously though, as much as you might joke and the people here seem to complain, you know you'll all go see it.

Yeah actually no. I have plenty of other things to entertain myself with. Civ V is out and Gran Turismo 5 is coming in a month - two games we all know will be absolutely awesome. Those games will provide exponentially more entertainment than yet another re-release of Star Wars, in bastardised fake 3D no less.

You see, movies like Star Wars compete with things other than movies - they compete with any form of entertainment. And as far as entertainment goes, I'd rather take a rake to my balls than give Lucas another cent for whoring out and practically destroying the magic of the original movies so he doesn't have to come up with anything original.

Disgusting.

Re:The Googles, They do EVERYTHING (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731302)

What does Google have to do with it?

/Goggles?

Phantom menace will be released first. (4, Funny)

seeker_1us (1203072) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731196)

It's logical. In 2d it sucked to the second power. Now it will suck to the third.

Redundant much? (1)

n2rjt (88804) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731210)

Right on the heels of the Blu-ray release in 2011?!?

From the sublime to the ridiculous. (1)

gklinger (571901) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731214)

It appears Lucas is trying to give the White Album a run for its money...

Milked? (1)

IDarkISwordI (811835) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731244)

Haven't they milked this train for everything its worth to the point of detriment already?

10 years later...

SEE STAR WARS RELEASED AS ITS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE IN HOLODECK CINAMEGA! EXPERIENCE THE ACTION!

Wait, that might actually be cool...

Bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731248)

As if we didn't see this coming. I'm sure we'll hear a blurb of this being his original vision for the films because he had a beeping trash can project a message.
Do 3D transitions cut my head off for me or do I just suffer 3x the headaches?

FFS Lucas. Give it a rest!!!! (1)

Bugbear1973 (930850) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731256)

The post subject says it all

Re:FFS Lucas. Give it a rest!!!! (1)

vulcan1701 (1245624) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731350)

Eventually, HE will. Then we will have a J.J.A. or Strazynski come along and do a remake. Maybe this time with a wormhole/time travel effect to prevent the whole thing from happening the way Lucas did it. So....that could mean no douchebag Anakin and no Jar Jar.... I'm sold.

The definitive HD ultimate 3D Edition (1)

nephridium (928664) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731280)

Or something like that. - Unfortunately there is little hope the new 3D versions will be able to live up to what the original three movies were. They will most probably be a continuation of the insanity that brought us three additional Ewoks movies, the useless "revisions" of the original classics and three mostly annoying "prequels".

Fortunately there was an improved version (the digitally remastered Laserdisk version) before Lucas went completely crazy (when he added an undersized weird CGI Jabba the Hutt, let Greedo shoot first, etc.). The first signs of Lucas turning to the dark side could already be seen on Return of the Jedi when he opted to have Endor be inhabited by freakin Ewoks (instead of Wookies as originally planned - though with the wrong people at the helm not even Wookies can be counted on [google.com] to save the day). There should still be some torrents of the rips around.

</rant>

2d to 3d??? (3, Informative)

loki_tiwaz (982852) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731282)

how the hell do you turn a fully 2d primary source into 3d? and 3d that doesn't make you want to scream 'FAKE!'...

if anyone can post a link in reply to my post showing that from a single 2d image source a 3d image can be created that doesn't look a bit wonky i'll stfu. sure, piece of cake converting all that 3d graphics to stereoscopic, but, and maybe i am not understanding the filming process with that expensive 70mm cinema type film, but there is definitely only one 'good' copy of all the shots in 2d, there isn't inadvertently gonna suddenly be a second one... i mean, i would guess you could work on something if there was a second cam recording at the same time at a slightly different but convergent view, but really, you'd have to have one on each side, that could give you a volume model that could let you do the 3d but even still... i call bullshit on converting star wars to 3d. i don't see how it could be done. i'd love to know how such a thing could be done. 3d won't work if you can't flesh out the occluded parts that you see to the left and right of the 2d original.

Re:2d to 3d??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731316)

how the hell do you turn a fully 2d primary source into 3d? and 3d that doesn't make you want to scream 'FAKE!'...

Badly.

Re:2d to 3d??? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731334)

I guess they'll ask artists to come up a depth map and fill in the occluded parts. There are only ~200,000 frames in a movie. With just $20M, you can get an artist to spend 1h on each frame at $100/h.

You have a CHOICE (1)

muphin (842524) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731288)

if you dont want to see it DONT.... i wont be
stop bitching and moaning about another grab for cash... blame someone, blame Avatar for another re-release so shortly after it was shown.
people will still see it cause its star wars, cause you get to re-watch it on the big screen like it was originally shown and feel immersed.

Eff this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731308)

Fuck...you...Lucas.
I'm going to find SW, Empire and Jedi on laserdisc and forget anything you've done since. Whore.

Obligatory... (5, Funny)

SuluSulu (1039126) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731312)

Noooooooooooooooo!!! [nooooooooooooooo.com]

Isn't 2012... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731332)

...when the world is supposed to end?

Coincidence, I think not.

Good Timing.... (4, Funny)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731356)

I think this is the first article about 2012 I've read that actually makes the Mayan apocalypse predictions sound appealing. Here's hoping the calendar runs out before Lucas's patience does...

Script needs extra dimension (1)

4d3fect (1023141) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731360)

Adding an extra d to the film won't help such a horrid script.

Fulfillment Mayan Prophesy? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731368)

At least now we know why the world is supposed to end in 2012.

do (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33731382)

Do not want!!

So... What? (5, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731386)

Greedo now shoots YOU first?

It's not all loss. (1)

sehlat (180760) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731388)

Yeah, you get to re-see a really cruddy movie in 3D, but at least they'll throw in the usual free migraine!

Oh boy! (1)

OnePumpChump (1560417) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731428)

I thought that the Special Edition version of that scene with the band in Jabba's castle was missing something!

Also, more Ewoks please. And make them speak English this time!

Make it stop! (1)

MidnightBrewer (97195) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731432)

How many more times do we have to endure the same movie being released over and over again? Let it go already and make something new, George.

Wait - he does realize that 3D actually refers to a change in technology, not in showing the exact same movie three times, right?

First?! (1)

maweki (999634) | more than 3 years ago | (#33731440)

I wonder who will have shot first this time
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