'Star Wars' Episodes II & III Coming in 3D Back-to-Back in Late 2013
The saga is complete. Or perhaps, the saga is just beginning. We expected to hear some news out of Star Wars Celebration VI down in Orange County this weekend, and a bit of news has arrived. The official Star Wars Facebook page (found via SlashFilm) has announced release dates for the next prequels in that trilogy being released converted to 3D. If you remember, Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in 3D this past February; it made only $43 million at the domestic box office, which I guess was enough to fire these two up back-to-back. Quicker to get us the original trilogy, most likely, in 3D, why not.
The message, along with that "Star Wars 3D" logo above posted on Facebook and Twitter, states simply: "Breaking news from #StarWarsCVI: Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith to be theatrically released in 3D back-to-back, September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively." So there are the two release dates for both of these movies, a good three weeks apart, and right in the middle of a hectic 3D-filled release season (including The Little Mermaid in 3D and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For within weeks of these). No other info or details were released in the update, but SlashFilm reminds us it shows: "Just 'Star Wars 3D.' Seems pretty obvious that means we’re heading to the original trilogy." That's a good thing, right?
Who knows when that will be, but in the meantime, if you were a fan of Episode II and/or Episode III, the one that finally connects it all together ("Noooooooooooo!!!!") they'll be the next to get a Star Wars 3D conversion due out back-to-back late next year. We'll keep our ears open for any more Star Wars news that isn't that wacky Star Wars: Detours trailer ("it makes the Prequels look good"). Planning to see these?
Update: Here's one of the statements from the Lucasfilm press release just put out htat I wanted to include with this: "Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous 3D conversion was undertaken by Prime Focus, the global visual entertainment services company. With their proprietary View-D process, Prime Focus transformed Episode II and III into 3D with the utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological consideration and artistic intentions." Glad to hear. "With its deeply detailed worlds and engulfing action, Star Wars is perfectly suited for the immersive 3D theatrical experience."