'The Phantom Menace' Set to Hit Theaters in 3D Next February 2012
by Ethan Anderton
March 3, 2011
Last September we got word that George Lucas was going to keep milking his sci-fi cash cow by re-releasing all six films from The Star Wars Saga in 3D. At the time no solid release date was confirmed, but it was revealed that the release schedule would go in chronological order starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace sometime in the early months of 2012. Well, today Fox and Lucasfilm announced that the 1999 prequel will hit theaters on February 10th, 2012 just in time for a great nerdy Valentine's Day date. Likely the rest of the films will follow suit in the same month every year until 2017. More money for George Lucas!
Here's how Fox is hyping The Phantom Menace for its 3D theatrical release:
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.
While I'm not all that thrilled about the prospect of not seeing the films in the order they were originally released, seeing the thrilling podrace sequence in 3D does sound like a hell of a lot of fun. Of course this means we also have to witness Jar Jar Binks' stupid goofy antics right in our faces, but you win some and you lose some I guess. Who knows how many formats and versions of The Star Wars Saga will have been released by the time George Lucas dies (he'll probably figure out a way to live forever but craft a special edition of his life with more CG dewbacks in it), but you can bet plenty of people will flock back to theaters for this 3D experience. How about you?