‘The Phantom Menace’ To Be Only ‘Star Wars’ in 3D?

15 Jun
2011

LucasFilm intends to re-release Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in February 2012 after giving it a 3D conversion, with the intention then being to convert the other five films in the saga, releasing one per year.

The problem is, there’s been a bit of a backlash against 3D lately. Recently, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sold more tickets in 2D than in 3D, and audiences are growing wary of bad 2D-to-3D conversions. Perhaps an even bigger problem is that – while the podrace sequence might be pretty cool in 3D – The Phantom Menace is not exactly a film that audiences have been clamoring to have re-released. It’s a money grab, of course.

Recently, Star Wars producer Rick McCallum has stated that if The Phantom Menace under-performs, they won’t bother with the rest, so fans who might have wanted to save their cash to see the Mos Eisley Cantina, the Cloud City of Bespin or the Battle of Endor in 3D might have a problem. “One a year, if they work,” McCallum stated. “If they don’t, there will just be one.”

In other words, shell out your cash for the prequels, or the original trilogy 3D conversion will never happen.

(via Czech Position)

  • http://twitter.com/clemontine7 Rebecca Emerson

    I’m there.

  • http://www.jonathan-hardesty.com movieguyjon

    Heh, so it looks like we might never get the original trilogy in 3D afterall. I kid. If the conversion is good on the first film, I imagine people will go. Wake me up when Empire Strikes Back gets the conversion.

    • http://www.flickchart.com/johnmason Nigel Druitt

      That’s just it, Jon. I think a lot of people are going to feel that way. So if The Phantom Menace tanks in 3D, they won’t do the rest…

      Who am I kidding? 3D sucks, so who cares anyway? It’s not going to improve either The Phantom Menace or The Empire Strikes Back, so what’s the point?

    • Master Maul

      so let’s make sure this all happens the way it should. Star Wars has got to continue in whatever way we can imagine, and it’s up to every fanatic and avid out there to band together. heck, let’s do our part to advertiseit, send the Star Wars guys money, OR SOMETHING. George Lucas needs our support, this series’ survival depends on all of us. PLEASE LET IT NEVER DIE!!!

    • Master Maul

      sure 3D might get boring after a while, but that will make it a little different, and a little bit coller in my opinion. SUre, some parts it wont make a big difference, but lightsaber battles in 3D are going to be wicked! I want to see the WHOLE SERIES re-released, because I love star wars so much, its hard to see it go away. Now there’s a chance to “revive” it if you will, I want to take it, and I hope we all will take it. Same with Harry Potter- it’s hard to see such a long, popular, good series dissapear. i mean, it won’t be TRULY gone for a while but after too long, these movies will be forgotten about and hardly remembered, except by those (like us) who saw them in theatre, or on VHS or DVD, who actually knew some or all of the series in its prime. We’ve got to preserve this truly unique movie timepiece that has inspired, formed, and affected countless kids and adults, even today. It won’t always be like this. As was said In Pirates of the Carribean 3, “Never shall we die.”

    • Master Maul

      We can’t just sit there- purchase the tickets! Buy the merchandise! The better reception we give it, the more movies there will be! HUZZAH!

  • http://nevermindpopfilm.blogspot.com Fitz

    Oh good… the second worst film in the series.I would totally pay money to see that in 3D.

  • http://www.flickchart.com/johnmason Nigel Druitt

    That’s just it, Jon. I think a lot of people are going to feel that way. So if The Phantom Menace tanks in 3D, they won’t do the rest…

    Who am I kidding? 3D sucks, so who cares anyway? It’s not going to improve either The Phantom Menace or The Empire Strikes Back, so what’s the point?

    • Master Maul

      so let’s make sure this all happens the way it should. Star Wars has got to continue in whatever way we can imagine, and it’s up to every fanatic and avid out there to band together. heck, let’s do our part to advertiseit, send the Star Wars guys money, OR SOMETHING. George Lucas needs our support, this series’ survival depends on all of us. PLEASE LET IT NEVER DIE!!!

    • Master Maul

      sure 3D might get boring after a while, but that will make it a little different, and a little bit coller in my opinion. SUre, some parts it wont make a big difference, but lightsaber battles in 3D are going to be wicked! I want to see the WHOLE SERIES re-released, because I love star wars so much, its hard to see it go away. Now there’s a chance to “revive” it if you will, I want to take it, and I hope we all will take it. Same with Harry Potter- it’s hard to see such a long, popular, good series dissapear. i mean, it won’t be TRULY gone for a while but after too long, these movies will be forgotten about and hardly remembered, except by those (like us) who saw them in theatre, or on VHS or DVD, who actually knew some or all of the series in its prime. We’ve got to preserve this truly unique movie timepiece that has inspired, formed, and affected countless kids and adults, even today. It won’t always be like this. As was said In Pirates of the Carribean 3, “Never shall we die.”

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  • Master Maul

    I agree…. I thought it was a done deal to do all six of them in 3D, but I guess not. It’s not so much the 3D i’m excited about, it’s the fact that star wars isn’t really dead. It’s an incredible series, so let’s support it as much as possible until all people who saw any star wars movie in a theatre all croak- ’bout 100 years down the road. We’ve got to keep alive this cinematic treasure of deep, heartfelt value. So spend your, money, folks (not foolishly or extravegantly so, but you get what I mean). And If they DO re-release all the movies like this, will they be the “edited” or “updated’ versions? (i.e., new Anakin ghost, etc.) C’mon, let’s see ‘em ALL! WOOOO-HOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • Master Maul

    I agree…. I thought it was a done deal to do all six of them in 3D, but I guess not. It’s not so much the 3D i’m excited about, it’s the fact that star wars isn’t really dead. It’s an incredible series, so let’s support it as much as possible until all people who saw any star wars movie in a theatre all croak- ’bout 100 years down the road. We’ve got to keep alive this cinematic treasure of deep, heartfelt value. So spend your, money, folks (not foolishly or extravegantly so, but you get what I mean). And If they DO re-release all the movies like this, will they be the “edited” or “updated’ versions? (i.e., new Anakin ghost, etc.) C’mon, let’s see ‘em ALL! WOOOO-HOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • Master Maul

    We can’t just sit there- purchase the tickets! Buy the merchandise! The better reception we give it, the more movies there will be! HUZZAH!