'Star Wars' 3D Will Be Released in Early 2012: Is This Good News?

The first 3D installment of the Star Wars saga is set to hit theaters in less than a year, according to StarWars.com. Episode 1: The Phantom Menace will be released on February 10, 2012, while an earlier announcement revealed that each film in the franchise will be consecutively released once a year in order.

According to the site, Industrial Light & Magic--a firm that worked on the effects for Avatar--will be supervising the process: "The meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions." While that assuages fears that the iconic Star Wars franchise could fall victim to hasty post-conversion hack jobs that plagued films like Clash of the Titans, Indiewire points out another potentially problematic aspect of the venture: The Phantom Menace just isn't very good:

Lucas will extract money from filmgoers with "Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace" hitting on February 10,  2012. The date is a Wednesday, and it will arrive two days before Nic Cage revs up his motorcycle in the 3D "Ghost Rider: I Need To Make Castle Payments." That should make for one of the dumbest box office battles ever. We hope audiences punish Hollywood by avoiding both films and seeing something else instead but that will never happen.

If somehow you luckily avoided 'Phantom Menace' the film tells the story of a young Anakin Skywalker via a lot of wooden acting by Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor and an abundance of political mumbo jumbo talking scenes. The film is probably most famously remembered for introducing us to the pretty-much-racist sidekick, the CGI created Jar-Jar Binks, whose annoying, "massa massa" patois make Skidz and Mudflap from "Transformers" look like civil rights activists.


Read the full story at StarWars.com and Indiewire.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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