All of the Star Wars films will return to the big screen only this time, in 3D. THR confirms that George Lucas will milk the franchise once more by releasing new 3D conversions of the films beginning in 2012.
The plan is to release all six films starting with The Phantom Menace in the early months of 2012. Depending on how well The Phantom Menace does, each subsequent Star Wars film will be released in order at the same time each following year. It will supposedly take that long between each film because, according to Lucas, each conversion takes at least a year to complete and to perfect.
Given that it’s Lucas we are talking about, the director will then probably release the 3D versions of the films on DVD after the theatrical re-releases are done.
If Lucas was planning on re-releasing the “original trilogy” in 3D, then I’m sure that a ton of people would go to the theater to watch them. However, Lucas is starting off with The Phantom Menace. I, personally, can’t see people lining up outside of the theater to watch The Phantom Menace in 3D. Can you? Since the release of the following films depends on the box office gross of The Phantom Menace, I wonder if we will really get to see A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back get their theatrical re-releases in 2015 and 2016.