If you enjoyed seeing Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace converted into 3D earlier this year, you won’t have to wait a year between seeing Episodes II and III as it has been announced that the two films will hit theaters on September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively.
The news comes out of this past weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando Florida and has been confirmed by the official Star Wars Facebook page.
There is still no official word as to whether we will be seeing 3D conversions of the original Star Wars trilogy, but I certainly wouldn’t bet against it. It is worth noting that the 3D release of The Phantom Menace still managed to pull nearly $44 million at the box office (according to Box Office Mojo), which is pretty good for a film that in many circles is the most-hated of the entire franchise. It looks as if ticket sales could only go up based on each film’s popularity.
I have to admit that when Lucasfilm released the 3D conversion of The Phantom Menace, I gave the thing a pass. The reports on the conversion were not encouraging enough to overcome my general ennui towards wanting to pay to see the prequels on the big screen again. Could the fact that Attack Of the Clones and Revenge Of The Sith having been shot on video as opposed to The Phantom Menace’s celluloid film-based production play a part in ensuring that those 3D conversions come out better? I guess we’ll find out in a year.