Lucas: ''Episode III'' is ''Titanic''-like. He also says he plans to rerelease all the ''Star Wars'' movies in 3D beginning in 2007

By Gary Susman
Updated March 18, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones: Lucasfilm/ 20th Century Fox/ The Kobal Collection

Paying a visit on Thursday to ShoWest, the annual convention of movie theater owners in Las Vegas, George Lucas tried to drum up a few bookings for the May 19 release of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, offering the following pitch: ”It’s not like the first one. It’s more emotional.” He added, ”I describe it as a Titanic in space. It’s a real tearjerker, and it will be received in a way that none of us can expect.” (Gee, George, I expect it to gross hundreds of millions of dollars.) Lucas didn’t elaborate on what he meant by ”Titanic in space,” but let’s hope it means a more emotional and character-driven drama than the last two movies, and not that Lucas hired Celine Dion to sing the theme song.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lucas also told theater owners that he plans to rerelease all the Star Wars films in 3D. He said he hoped to rerelease the original Star Wars in 3D in time for its 30th anniversary in 2007, with the rest following at a rate of one per year. So it could be 2012 before Lucas is finished tinkering with his universe.