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‘Star Wars: Episode I’ 3D Gets Theatrical Release Date From Lucasfilm, Fox

12:33 PM 3/3/2011 by Pamela McClintock, THR

George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic is supervising the 3D conversion.

Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox will release the 3D version of Star Wars: Episode I:The Phantom Menace on Feb. 10, 2012.

George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic is supervising the 3D conversion, with an eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.

Lucasfilm believes Star Wars is perfectly suited to be seen in 3D. 

The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace would be converted to 3D.

Lucas hopes that releasing the film early in the year, outside of summer blockbuster season, will give it an open run at the box office and also set up the opportunity to sell merchandise through the balance of the year. The plan under discussion would make the release of the subsequent films in the series an annual event on the film calendar.

If the first in the series meets with success, the remaining five films would follow a year apart on comparable dates. However, depending on how the first release performs, the companies could also decide to open the subsequent entries in different spots on the calendar.

When the new special-edition version of the original three Star Wars movies were re-released in 1997, that cycle began with a re-release of Episode IV: A New Hope on Jan. 31, followed by Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back on Feb. 21 and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi on March 14.

Launching the movies during the first quarter of the year would also give Lucas Licensing the opportunity to launch new licensing programs that could run throughout the course of the year.

‘Star Wars’ saga set for 3D release starting 2012

Films will roll out in order, starting with ‘Phantom Menace’

By Jay A. Fernandez and Kim Masters
The Hollywood Reporter (THR)

Sept 28, 2010, 08:49 PM ET

Updated: Sept 28, 2010, 11:18 PM ET

Big news on the 3D front.

Sources indicate that George Lucas is set on rereleasing the “Star Wars” franchise in new 3D conversions beginning in 2012. Although 3D versions have been rumored for some time, Lucas purportedly was waiting until there were enough screens available to make the release a sizable event.

Fox, which released all six original “Star Wars” films, also would release the 3D versions.

Episode I, “The Phantom Menace,” would be first out of star-dock during early 2012. After that, each film would be released in order at the same time in consecutive years, depending on how well the first rerelease does.

Each conversion takes at least a year to complete, with Lucas overseeing the process to make sure each is as perfect as possible. He has said that the “Avatar” experience convinced him that “Star Wars” is ready for the state-of-the-art 3D treatment.

Starting with “Phantom Menace,” Lucasfilm would use several higher-end conversion houses to work on the project. By late winter or early spring in 2012, the exhibition industry should have all the 3D screens anyone could want for such a release.

At present, pics are limited to 2,000-2,500 3D locations owing to an insufficient installed base of projectors and screens. Movie theaters are adding 3D screens at a clip of 500 a month in the U.S. Foreign exhibitors also are pushing into 3D as quickly as possible now that financing for the installations is flowing.

Also pushing the timetable is a potential breakthrough in 3D TV technology. With Samsung penetrating the market with 50,000-plus 3D-equipped sets and Sony recently sending its version to market, the home-viewing experience could be primed for 3D DVD versions of the films by the time the new 3D theatrical releases have run their course.

Lucas purportedly is lining up the theatrical rereleases as a lead-in to the ultimate home-viewing experience. Beyond that, the property would launch to other 3D media.

In the meantime, Lucas plans a comprehensive Blu-ray Disc set of the six films next year, which would include upgraded picture and sound quality, new deleted scenes and special features.

Alex Ben Block, Carl DiOrio and Borys Kit contributed to this report.

Walt’s Car, Jungle Cruise Boat & Adventureland Skipper – Release & Signing

Upcoming Signing – October 16, 2010

Walt’s Car, Jungle Cruise Boat & Adventureland Skipper – Release & Signing

Special Guests: Kevin Kidney, Jody Daily and Disney Legend Bob Gurr

Time: 9 am to 11 am

Location: The Disney Gallery, Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park

Event Information:

Disney Inspired Artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily as well as Disney Legend and Retired Walt Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr will be on hand for a special product release and signing on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 9 am to 11 am at The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park  Kevin, Jody and Bob will sign the newest releases in the 55th anniversary collection of vehicles that were replicated in celebration of this years anniversary. This month’s release will include Walt’s Car and the Jungle Cruise Boat.  Please see detailed information below regarding these pieces.

Early Concept Jungle Cruise Boat

Artists: Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily

Medium: Resin and Metal on Wood Base

Edition Size: 500

Retail: $225

Dimensions: 12-3/4″ long x 5-1/2″ tall x 4-1/2″ wide

Release Date: October 16, 2010

Legendary Disney designer Harper Goff is best known for creating the world’s most fantastic submarine, the Nautilus for Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. But his creative touch can be seen all around Disneyland, as well – most notably along Main Street, U.S.A., and in the jungles of Adventureland. The little canopied launches that cruise the world’s exotic waterways were first conceptualized by Harper in 1954. His early sketches show vessels more rugged and “travelled” than the shiny bright boats that appeared at Disneyland® on opening day.

Based on Harper Goff’s original concept, Kevin and Jody’s scale replica of the Amazon Belle looks as though it may have crossed the Mekong, borne the rains of the Irrawaddy, and survived the rapids of Kilimanjaro a million times before. It’s absolutely the perfect thing to display in your study next to your shrunken head collection.

Disneyland “Runabout” (“Walt’s Car”) Replica

Artists: Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily

Medium: Metal and Resin on Wood Base

Edition Size: 500

Retail: $225

Dimensions: 6-1/2″ tall x 7-1/2″ long x 5″ wide

Release Date: October 16, 2010

 Walt Disney loved to show visitors around Disneyland®. Walt Disney Imagineer & Disney Legend, Bob Gurr designed four little electric “Runabouts” especially for Walt to use when touring the Park with family, friends and celebrities.  Bob recalls, “Walt was always smiling happily when he was at the tiller of “his car.”

Adventureland Skipper

Artists: Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily

Medium: Resin

Edition Size:  500

Retail: $65

Dimensions: 10-1/2″ tall x 5″ wide

Release Date: October 16, 2010

 The brave (and wisecracking) skippers of the world-famous Disneyland® Jungle Cruise have undergone many costume changes over the decades.  Early jungle fashions included split-sleeve  “Sumatran Boatsman” shirts, highwater trousers and…sandals!

 The third collectible figurine in a series celebrating the Cast Members of early Disneyland®.  Designed and sculpted by Kevin & Jody!