I grew up watching the three original Star Wars films and let us just say, they had a big impact on me. The newer prequels, not so much. In 1999 watching Episode one , it was the first time I realized that nothing I ever watched again could capture my imagination like the movies I watched in my childhood.
I’m not just talking Star Wars. Blade Runner, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Thing, The Shining, 2001, Apocalypse Now, The Terminator just to mention a few, have made a stronger connection with me than most “blockbuster” fare ever could today (with rare exception). I realize it might have been the frame of mind I was in as a kid watching them, open to new ideas, or it could be that most story tellers today are shit. I’m not exactly sure which it is yet.
Regardless, the marketing empire keeps on rolling with big news on the Star Wars front today. Sources indicate that George Lucas is set to re-release the entire “Star Wars” franchise in new 3D conversions beginning in 2012. Though the 3D versions have been rumored for some time, Lucas was purportedly waiting until there were enough 3D screens available to make the release a sizable enough event.
Fox, which released all six of the original “Star Wars” films, would also release the 3D versions.
Part 1, “The Phantom Menace,” would be first out of star-dock in the early months of 2012. After that, each of the films would be released in order at the same time each consecutive year (meaning “Attack of The Clones” 2013,”Revenge of The Sith” 2014, “A New Hope” 2015, ” The Empire Strike Back” 2016 and “Return of The Jedi” 2016) depending on how well the first re-release does.
Each conversion takes at least a year to complete, with Lucas personally overseeing the process to make sure each one is as perfected as possible. Lucas has said that the “Avatar” experience convinced him that “Star Wars” was ready for the state-of-the-art 3D treatment.
Also pushing the timetable is a potential breakthrough in 3D television technology. With Samsung penetrating the market with 50,000-plus 3D-equipped televisions, and Sony planning to send its version to market in the coming months, the home-viewing experience could be primed for 3D DVD versions of the classic films by the time the new 3D series runs its course.
Lucas is purportedly queuing up the theatrical re-releases as a lead-in to the ultimate home viewing experience. Beyond that, the property would launch to all other 3D media.
We are also going to see a Blu-Ray set in 2012. Most likely one that has some more tinkering done to it. Hopefully Han shoots first again, I can only hope.
And then who knows where Lucas will take Star Wars next? Possibly a 3D home version of the really great 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special ? See. Lucas hes been whoring our his creation from the start. Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money
Wow, fucking unbelievable. If you actually made it through more than three minutes of that shit I’m impressed.
There was a lot of cocaine fueled decisions in the entertainment industry in the 70’s and 80’s. And I’m thinking this might have been one of them. The individual who came up with that pitch must have been caught in a Colombian snow bank for a few weeks. And surprise surprise, they actually produced that shit. Amazing . Nice work on that one.
Till Next Time