Lucas Plans 3-D Re-Releases, Calls Final ‘Star Wars’ A ‘Tearjerker’

Director calls 'Sith' the most emotional part of sci-fi saga.

We already heard that intense battles and dark themes might push the final “Star Wars” episode into uncharted territory: a PG-13 rating. Now, director George Lucas has revealed that “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (May 19) isn’t just a nail biter, it’s also a tearjerker. The director also vowed to re-imagine his space epic one more time, in 3-D.

Speaking at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas this week, Lucas told theater owners that the final episode in his space epic is “not like the first one. It’s more emotional,” according to a Reuters report. “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.”

The lucky owners got to see the first six minutes of the film, which is more than anyone outside Skywalker Ranch has seen to date of the episode in which Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) succumbs to the lure of the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Vader. Lucas did not reveal who is involved in the heartbreaking love story, but audiences may remember that Senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) married Anakin in a secret ceremony in the previous film, “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.”

It’s the first full-on romance in the space cowboy epic, which has previously flirted with a love story between Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and a slightly creepy attraction between Leia and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who she subsequently found out was her brother.

Standing next to “Titanic” director James Cameron on the ShoWest stage Thursday, Lucas promoted the latest in 3-D film technology: a digital process that easily converts two-dimensional movies into 3-D ones with realistic depth.

“It looks better than the original, to be honest with you,” Lucas told ShoWest attendees, according to an Associated Press report. How good? Lucas said he hopes to re-release all six “Star Wars” movies in the format to be shown in regular movie theaters.

Lucas — who has drawn the ire of some “Star Wars” faithful in the past for his digital tweaking of the original series — showed off snippets of 3-D conversions of “Attack of the Clones” as well as a few minutes of the original “Star Wars” that depicted C-3P0 and R2-D2 in what was described as “sharp depth.”

Though the new 3-D system is easier on theaters because it does away with the side-by-side projector systems of the past, it still requires audiences to wear those goofy 3-D glasses.

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