Although numerous filmmakers and studio executives have been forecasting that 3-D
movies will become the wave of the future, with several animation units being converted
to 3-D productions exclusively, George Lucas has not joined the 3-D boosters' club.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine, Lucas said that his August
15 release of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the theatrical version
of his Cartoon Network series, will not be presented in 3-D, despite numerous reports to
the contrary. His reasoning? "Well, you know, it's expensive," he told the magazine,
"and we felt that everybody kind of looks at the downside: It would cost twice as
much to do it in 3-D as it did to do the movie in the first place. So you say, ''Well,
gosh, do you think we're going to get that much more out of it?" Nevertheless, Lucas
maintained that he still intends to make good on converting his original Star
Wars movies into 3-D. "It's just that technically it's a much harder thing to
pull off than we thought."