‘Star Wars’ flies into 3-D

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - — Ben Fritz

Ge­orge Lu­cas watched the mas­sive suc­cess of “Avatar” and “Alice in Won­der­land” in the 3-D for­mat and de­cided it was time for a re­turn of the Jedi.

“Star Wars Episode I: The Phan­tom Men­ace” will re­turn to the­aters in 3-D in 2012 and will be fol­lowed in the stereo­scopic for­mat by the five other movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Lu­cas’ In­dus­trial Light & Magic spe­cial-ef­fects shop is over­see­ing the 3-D con­ver­sion. 20th Cen­tury Fox will re­lease them, as it has done for all pre­vi­ous “Star Wars” films.

ILM vis­ual ef­fects su­per­vi­sor John Knoll promised that “we will take our time, ap­ply­ing ev­ery­thing we know both aes­thet­i­cally and tech­ni­cally to bring au­di­ences a fan­tas­tic new ‘Star Wars’ ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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