You knew it was inevitable -- George Lucas
, in his continuous effort to scrape every last nickel and dime that he can from this franchise, has decided to re-release all six Star Wars
films in 3D. Beginning in February of 2012 (February 10th, to be exact), Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
will hit screens in 3D, and each year we'll see another episode all the way through Return of the Jedi
. So those of you out there who liked Jar Jar Binks, but always felt the character would've been more appreciated in 3D, well, now you have plans for February 10th of next year.
At the same time as Star Wars hits the big screen in 3D, the series will also be arriving on Blu-ray for the first time. This will happen amidst seasons of the animated Star Wars show Clone Wars, but before the live-action Star Wars show hits TV. Knowing Lucas and Fox, once the films all hit theaters in 3D, we'll see another home video release of each episode in 3D, and by that time we'll have literally turned into freakin' Star Wars characters due to the immense amount of overexposure.
Longtime Star Wars fans have cried foul over the new 3D re-releases, just like they whined and complained about the special editions, but to no avail. Why? Because as much as a Star Wars fan complains about Star Wars, they're still gonna show up on opening day to see what Old Man George has done to their beloved franchise now. Why? So they can speak somewhat intelligently when voicing their newest complaints. Yes, it's gotten to the point where Star Wars fans like to complain about Star Wars more than they actually want to watch Star Wars. I know it doesn't make sense, and they know it doesn't make sense, but that's the problem with Star Wars -- it's like movie crack. As hard as you try to put it behind you and move on with your life, there it is again in the form of a Darth Vader drink coaster, or Han Solo frozen-in-carbonite cupcake cut-outs.
This is a franchise that will never leave us, and we need to get used to it. We need to shut up, deal with whatever nonsense Lucas has hidden up his $14 billion-dollar sleeve, and leave it at that. Do we really need Star Wars in 3D? No, of course we don't. But then what'll be left to complain about?