According to an interview with Star Wars press secretary Rick McCallum, the 3D conversions of all six Star Wars films may begin and end with Episode I if The Phantom Menace does not do well at the box office when it arrives in theaters on February 10th, 2012. McCallum -- in the same article in which he spoke about the live-action TV series being 3-4 years away -- told Czech Position (via First Showing) that it's all basically riding on Jar Jar, saying, "We’re doing 3D versions of all six films, one a year, starting in February of next year. We start with [episode] one and go all the way through six, totally chronological. One a year, if they work. If they don’t, then there will be just one [episode converted to 3D]."
So the question is: Will it work? Will enough people show up for Phantom Menace in 3D to make it worth converting the other five films? And if for some reason they do show up for Phantom Menace -- and the 3D sucks -- then Attack of the Clones may be the nail in the coffin for the entire series, leaving fans without the opportunity to see the original trilogy in 3D. You also have to take into consideration the 3D trend itself, which will be given a long hard look over the course of the next year to see if it really is just a fad that tricked moviegoers initially, but quickly wore out its welcome thanks mainly to shoddy conversion attempts. Or perhaps 3D is here to stay, and new technology will help filmmakers make it worth the higher ticket prices. Expect this conversation to continue through 2012, and if you're really itching to see all six Star Wars films in 3D on the big screen, make sure you see Phantom Menace in theaters this February.
While the older Star Wars films are revamped and sent back into theaters, Lucas is also hard at work planning a few new television shows set in the Star Wars universe. We already have Clone Wars, and a LEGO Star Wars TV special was recently announced as well (based on the poster it looks to be set during the same time period as Clone Wars), but while speaking to CNN Lucas let slip the title of yet another show, Star Wars: Detours, which many believe is either the name of the delayed live-action show, or the recently-announced Star Wars-related comedic animated series with Seth Green. Considering the word "Detours" you'd think this might be a show that moves away from what we currently know about the Star Wars universe, but even that info could be applied to both Green's show and the live-action program. So, for now it's a waiting game, and in the meantime you can scope out CNN's interview with Lucas below. And for those wondering whether George Lucas will step behind the camera again, he did say that he's looking to move on to some "personal projects" that he's always wanted to get to. So there's that to look forward to, I guess.
What do you think Star Wars: Detours is?