Star Wars goes 3D starting with Phantom Menace

Sep 29, 2010
Rachel Helyer-Donaldson

George Lucas’s plan to convert all six films to 3D provokes mixed reactions

The announcement that Star Wars director George Lucas plans to re-release his six-part saga in 3D has been greeted with mixed reactions from fans, with the news that the first film to be converted will be the Star Wars 'prequel' Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.

Many fans of Lucas's first three films, released between 1977 and 1983, are scathing of the director's later Star Wars films, set before the original movies.

One of the most high-profile fanboys to speak out against the announcement, made on the official Star Wars website today, was the British actor Simon Pegg.

The sci-fi fan and Star Trek actor wrote on Twitter: "Watching TPM [The Phantom Menace] in 3D would be like the car actually crashing into your face as opposed to just unfolding before your eyes."

Another Star Wars fan, George McCallum, tweeted: "Do you not think that Star Wars in 3D may ruin the context of the film, messing around with a movie which is already so popular?"

Dreamworks has already announced that it will re-release the first three Shrek films to 3D, while Warner Bros also has plans to do the same for its Harry Potter franchise. Last month it was announced the 3D films had boosted UK box office takings by eight per cent.

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