by HFPA September 29, 2010

Georg Lucas’ announcement did not come as a surprise: “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” will return to theaters in 3-D in 2012 and will be followed in the stereoscopic format by the five other live-action movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Immediately after James Cameron’s “Avatar” won the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Drama Georg Lucas told Access Hollywood he was now planning to convert his Skywalker family epic into the trendy format. “Haven’t been a big fan of 3-D, but that movie definitely improves in [the field of] 3-D … we’ve been looking for years and years and years of trying to take ‘Star Wars’ and put it in 3-D,” Lucas explained. “But, [the] technology hasn’t been there. We’ve been struggling with it, but I think this will be a new impetus to make

Lucas started his series 1978 with “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”. The film gathered four Golden Globe nominations, including Georg Lucas for Best Directing.

John Williams won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic is overseeing the 3-D conversion. 20th Century Fox will release them, as it has done for all previous “Star Wars” films.