Star Wars to enter third dimension
Staff and agencies
Friday March 18, 2005
I'll change my glasses if you change yours ... George Lucas at ShoWest yesterday extolling the virtues of filming in 3D. Photo: Isaac Brekken / AP
George Lucas told delegates at a Las Vegas convention yesterday that he wants to re-release his iconic Star Wars franchise in 3D, beginning in 2007.
Speaking at the annual film industry expo ShoWest, Lucas, who introduced the first reel of his upcoming Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, was among a handful of pioneering filmmakers who publicly endorsed the format.
James Cameron, the swashbuckling mega-director behind box office all-star Titanic, Spy Kids creator Robert Rodriguez, and Robert Zemeckis, director of The Polar Express and Contact, all came out in support the medium.
Attendees heard how Lucas dropped plans to shoot Episode III in 3D due to logistical problems. He added that converting a picture from 2D to 3D would cost in the region of $5million.
Meanwhile Cameron said he would only shoot in 3D in the future. He urged delegates to take the format seriously and said it should not be seen "as a gimmick but as the way the biggest, must-see tentpole movies are going to be seen." Cameron continued: "We now have a way to get people to come out from behind those HD flat-screen TVs and into the theatres."
Zemeckis said he had two 3D projects in the pipeline but refused to be drawn on further details, while Rodriguez, who recently completed family picture The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D, added: "People want to be transported. You need a transporting experience like [3D] to get people out of their living rooms." Earlier in the presentation Twentieth Century Fox chiefs paraded a veritable who's who of stars from their summer slate before whooping theatre owners. HIghlights included Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie from the upcoming action thriller Mr And Mrs Smith, actors dressed as a squadron of storm troopers flanking Darth Vader, and Ridley Scott waxing lyrical about his Orlando Bloom Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven.