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Star Wars to be released in 3D


George Lucas is to re-release the Star Wars films in 3D

George Lucas is to re-release the Star Wars films in 3D

George Lucas is to re-release the Star Wars films in 3D

George Lucas has announced the entire Star Wars film saga is going to be shown in another dimension - 3D.

The Jedi will initially return in the eye-popping format in 2012, with the 1999 prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, before the remaining films follow.

The franchise's director was never a fan of 3D but is thought to have changed his mind about the technology following the advances made with big-screen hits like Avatar and Alice In Wonderland.

A statement from Lucasfilm, the US director's film production company, on the Star Wars website said: "The live-action Star Wars saga will be converted to 3D. There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive."

It added: "The cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level."

The huge undertaking could bring a whole new generation of fans to the famous Lucas films.

On the Star Wars website, a fan, Mike Sa, wrote: "Excellent, I have been waiting to see this, for a very long time."

But some were not so confident, with Star Trek actor Simon Pegg writing 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."

Lucas was recently quoted as saying that he was investigating the possibilities of 3D.

"I haven't been a big fan of 3-D, ... the technology hasn't been there. We've been struggling with it, but I think this (new technology) will be a new impetus to make that happen," he said at the time.