With the lackluster performance of Star Wars Episode I in 3D earlier this year there was thought that we may not get the remaining films upconverted on their yearly schedule as Lucas promised last year. Well at Star Wars Celebration this past weekend we learned we would be getting things much sooner than expected. Lucasfilm announced that both Episode II and Episode III will be released in the fall of 2013, which could mean we would be seeing the original trilogy in 3D as early s 2014 instead of the previously announced 2015.
Episode II will arrive in theatres on September 20th with Episdoe III following on October 11 2013. Hopefully both of these will provide a better 3D experience than Episode I did, but who am I kidding I’ll see them in the theatres again regardless.
The full press release below courtesy of TheForce.net
Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith to be Theatrically Released in 3D back-to-back in September and October, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (August 27, 2012) – Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox have announced the official release dates for the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Attendees at the closing ceremony for Star Wars Celebration VI, the franchise’s massive fan event, learned that the epic movies that chronicle the rise of the Galactic Empire will be released back-to-back, with Episode II hitting theaters on September 20, 2013 and Episode III arriving soon after on October 11, 2013.
With its deeply detailed worlds and engulfing action, Star Wars is perfectly suited for the immersive 3D theatrical experience. Episode II and III deliver such captivating locales as the gleaming clone hatcheries of rain-swept Kamino, and the fiery lava planet of Mustafar as well as spectacular action sequences like Yoda’s unforgettable debut as a lightsaber duelist, the explosive space and ground battles of the Clone Wars, and the dramatic showdown between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous 3D conversion was undertaken by Prime Focus, the global visual entertainment services company. With their proprietary View-D™ process, Prime Focus transformed Episode II and III into 3D with the utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological consideration and artistic intentions.