The promise of a 3D version of the original Star Wars trilogy may be closer than we think. Yesterday, Lucasfilm announced 3D up-conversions for the remaining Star Wars prequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. They are going to be released back-to-back on September 20, 2013, and October 11, 2013.
The success of The Phantom Menace 3D earlier this year prompted Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox to fast-track the 3D up-conversions of the remaining prequels. The Phantom Menace took in almost $44 million during its 3D re-release this past February, adding to its $533 million worldwide box office.
But what does this mean for the original Star Wars trilogy? Last year, Lucasfilm announced they were planning to up-convert all of the films in the Star Wars Saga to 3D with a yearly release cycle starting with The Phantom Menace in 2012. By combining Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in 2013, this could mean two things: either Lucasfilm will release A New Hope 3D in 2014 or they actually might release all three films in the original series in one year, likely either 2014 or 2015.
The announcement came out of Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida this weekend. The annual gathering of Star Wars fans started in 1999 in Denver, Colorado with the release of The Phantom Menace. The Celebration includes artist panels, fan tributes, and special events.