If you’re shocked by George Lucas‘ latest Star Wars cash grab you must not be familiar with his history. The director, writer, and producer of the legendary sci-fi series has jumped on the 3D bandwagon. Sources confirm that he’s kickstarted the 3D conversion process and is gearing up to re-release all 6 films from the saga in the format.

We’ve been hearing about a possible 3D conversion for years and it looks like it’s finally happening. Lucas Films Ltd. made the big announcement on Wednesday morning stating that the rumors are true. “There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the ‘Star Wars Saga’ has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive,” said the statement.

We can agree with that. Star Wars does seem like the prime property to get in on the Hollywood trend, but the idea of converting the older films is worrisome. There are a lot of questions that come into play regarding the time of the conversion process and the quality of it. We all know what horrible 3D looks like, and we want no part of it. Luckily, the people behind the movement are serious about getting this done right.

“Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,” said John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic. “It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something that you can rush if you want to expect good results. For Star Wars we will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience.”

The first film up for release is Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which will hit theaters in 2012. Jar Jar in 3D (shudder).

What do you think of Lucas’ decision to release the Star Wars saga in 3D? Will you go see it?

Source: Coming Soon