It seems that James Cameron’s Avatar has spurred George Lucas tentative plans to see a Star Wars release in 3D.
According to TechRadar, Lucas has had a 3D Star Wars project on hold for quite some time, but was so wowed by Cameron’s Avatar that he has decided to proceed with the plan, saying that, “I’m happy it’s so successful, and worked very well in 3D.” Indeed, Lucas wasn’t just impressed by the fact that Avatar has had such long-running success, but with the implementation of technology involved, saying that,
“I haven’t been a big fan of 3D, but that movie definitely improves in 3D.”
Of course, the big question for Star Wars fans will be just what kind of release Lucas has planned for Star Wars in 3D. It could well be the case that he intends to put the original trilogy into a kind of CGI-assisted 3D, which would certainly prove to be something of a challenge from a technical standpoint, they having not been filmed in 3D. Moreover, the first re-releases of the original Star Wars trilogy were received quite negatively by a fairly large proportion of the fans… another rerelease could see similar backlash.
By contrast, it’d be interesting to see a new release in the Star Wars line, though it seems as though we could well be in the position that we’ll simply see a 3D release of the Clone Wars computer-animated series. It’d certainly be the easiest of the various Star Wars presentations to present in 3D, but for now we’re filing it under “things we’re tentatively excited about but hoping don’t eventually disappoint us and shatter our dreams.”
That said, Lucas has expressed an interest in re-doing the original Star Wars movies in 3D in the past, so that could be exactly what he’s angling at now… hopefully.