Some Star Wars fans have skipped right past the new announcement of back-to-back 3D re-releases of Star Wars Episodes II and III to speculate on how far behind the 3D releases of the original trilogy could be.
Given the assumption of many Star Wars buffs, that once Episodes I through III return to theaters in 3D they will be followed by 3D editions of the original George Lucas trilogy, buzz erupted Monday after an announcement on a Star Wars Facebook page that following this past February’s debut of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D (which raked in about $44 million), Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 3D will hit theaters on Sept. 20, 2013. Three weeks later, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 3D will debut on Oct. 11, 2013.
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With such a tight timeframe between the two episodes, the door now remains open for the original Star Wars, now dubbed Star Wars IV: A New Hope, to be converted into a 3D blockbuster as early as 2014.
The 2013 3D conversion fad goes well beyond the Star Wars universe: Competing against the Star Wars re-releases will be 3D versions of The Little Mermaid 3D and another Sin City movie.