Have you ever just sat around and thought “you know, I really wish I could give more of my money to George Lucas”? If so, then you are in luck! Beginning in 2012, the dream of seeing Jar Jar Binks fully realized in 3D will become a reality, when The Phantom Menace 3D hits theaters near you. The remaining movies will follow at a pace of one per year, ending in 2017 with the re-release of Return of the Jedi, 34 years after its original theatrical debut.
The rumors of a 3D Star Wars re-release have been floating around for some time, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm has simply been waiting for more screens in which to show the series off properly. Currently there are between 2,000 and 2,500 3D-ready locations that are up to date with the proper screens and projectors, but the report claims that theaters are adding screens at a rate of nearly 500 a month to keep up with the growing demand.
As for the year-long break between films, Lucasfilms has said that it needs about a year to properly convert the films. While this might seem like an unnecessary lengthy period to convert a movie that has been completed for years, anyone that watched the dizzyingly rushed conversion on the recently remade Clash of the Titans should appreciate the care that Lucasfilms is putting into the movies.
But if 2012 is too far away, and you are absolutely dying to give Lucas your money, all six Star Wars movies in standard 2D will be released on Blu-ray next year. Oh, and there is also an action game, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, due out next month. And an MMO called The Old Republic due next year. And possibly a live-action TV show in the future, more Clone Wars cartoons, licensed novels and comics, etc., etc.