Director JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the first film in the hit franchise series to be released in 3D during its initial run, alongside 2D and Imax versions.
Force Awakens will hit screens on December 18 in a multitude of formats, digital 3D, three different Imax 3D versions and regular digital 2D, said The Hollywood Reporter.
In 2012, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace first released in 2D in 1999, was converted to 3D and re-released, but then Disney tabled plans to re-release 3D versions of the other two films in the series. Abrams explained his decision to send out a 3D version, saying, “As someone who really hasn’t been the most vocal advocate of 3D, the strangest thing happened to me on this.
When I was watching the reels in 3D, there were a number of shots and I know this sounds insane that I hadn’t understood in the three-dimensional space quite the way I did when I saw them in 3D. I actually felt that there were things that were playing better in 3D. I had never felt that before.”
The new Star Wars movie was converted. Three different formats of Force Awakens will play in Imax theatres.