'Avatar' Provides A 'New Impetus' For George Lucas To Make 3-D 'Star Wars' A Reality

It was only a matter of time, right? James Cameron released "Avatar" at the end of last year, delivering both an exciting theatrical spectacle and a showcase for newly enhanced 3-D presentation technologies. Time will tell whether or not it becomes the "game-changer" for Hollywood that people thought it might, but with the movie's box office grosses quickly closing in on the all-time records held for more than a decade by Cameron's "Titanic," it's hard to argue that "Avatar" is anything less than a monumental success.

It's no surprise then to hear that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas didn't just like it, he was inspired by it. For years, fans of his Galaxy Far, Far Away have been clamoring for more... well... anything. Hi-def releases, sequels, spin-offs... and 3-D. Now, thanks to "Avatar," that last one may be closer than we think.

“We’ve been looking for years and years and years of trying to take ‘Star Wars’ and put it in 3-D,” Lucas told Access Hollywood at Sunday's HBO Golden Globes party. “But, [the] technology hasn’t been there. We’ve been struggling with it, but I think this will be a new impetus to make that happen.”

As you might expect, Lucas is a fan of Cameron's sci-fi epic. “I liked it. I make movies like that, [so], I can appreciate what [James Cameron] went through to do it,” he said.

A 3-D "Star Wars" isn't necessarily a holy grail for fans, not like Blu-ray releases of the unaltered original films (hint, hint Lucasfilm), but it would certainly be cool. And while Lucas himself is currently busy with telling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen in "Red Tails," Lucasfilm is a big place. For all we know, 3-D transfers are already in the works. Right guys?

Scale of 1 to 10-- how badly do you want to see "Star Wars" in 3-D? Should Lucasfilm do just the original trilogy or would you like to see the more recent trilogy in 3-D as well?