Prime Focus, the company behind the rushed conversion job on “Clash of the Titans” and the better but not exactly issue-free conversion of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, is confirmed to be handling the 2D-to-3D conversion of “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace” says The Hollywood Reporter.
In an official statement, George Lucas says “It was incredibly important to me that we have the technology, the resources and the time to do this right, I’m very happy with the results I’ve been seeing on Episode I.”
ILM visual effects supervisor and Academy Award winner John Knoll is supervising and says that there shouldn’t be issues like with the aforementioned conversions as the company is being patient and meticulous – “Getting really good results from stereo conversion requires a lot of attention to detail, and it is imperative that you take the time to get it right – and that’s just what we’re doing.”
Knoll adds that the conversion won’t be too obvious. “George’s vision has been to add dimension to the film in subtle ways. This isn’t a novelty conversion, with things jumping out at the audience; our goal has been to enhance the classic Star Wars theatrical experience, utilizing the latest cinematic tools and techniques” says Knoll.