George Lucas Says Avatar Makes Star Wars in 3-D More Likely
With Avatar still taking the box office by storm just passing $1.6 billion worldwide this past weekend, and then taking home the Golden Globe for Best Drama on Sunday, there's no doubt that James Cameron's sci-fi epic is turning some heads. Still who would've thought that Cameron's flick would've turned the head of the master of Industrial Light & Magic himself as Access Hollywood reports George Lucas said the 3-D technology on display in Avatar might mean that the time has come for the Star Wars legacy to get the 3-D treatment. While it would be awesome to fly down the Death Star trench in 3-D, don't expect it soon.
Before the Golden Globes ceremony speaking from the red carpet, Lucas praised Cameron and Avatar for its technological strides and eventually moved in on the 3-D potential of Star Wars:
“I liked it. I make movies like that, [so], I can appreciate what [James Cameron] went through to do it. [I'm] happy it's so successful, and worked very well in 3-D. Haven't been a big fan of 3-D, but that movie definitely improves in (the field of) 3-D. We've been looking for years and years and years of trying to take Star Wars and put it in 3-D. But, [the] technology hasn't been there. We've been struggling with it, but I think this will be a new impetus to make that happen."
Hardly a solid commitment, but definitely more of a positive attitude than previously thought, giving Star Wars a 3-D makeover is probably a ways down the line. Aside from being wrapped in post-production on Red Tails, Lucas is still heavily involved in a couple forthcoming TV series based on Star Wars as well.
However, thanks to the magic of DVD extras, I've learned never to trust what George Lucas says might be coming no matter what. There's a great bit from Steven Spielberg at the beginning of a behind the scenes documentary from the Indiana Jones DVD set about Temple of Doom where he says: "When George and I were in Hawaii and I agree to direct Raiders [of the Lost Ark], George said that if I did wind up directing the first one that I would need to direct three of them. He said that he had three stories in mind. It turns out George did not have three stories in mind. We had to make up all the other subsequent stories." Lucas is like a grandfather who promises candy but only has Werther's. You guys want Star Wars in 3-D?