We all knew this was coming eventually, but now it's beginning to really hit home. 20th Century Fox has unveiled the release date for its first Star Wars 3D conversion, with 'The Phantom Menace' arriving in theaters on February 10th, 2012, just under a year from now. Commence George Lucas bathing in money jokes ... now.

It was previously announced that Lucas had finally decided to convert all six 'Star Wars' films to 3D and then re-release one episode each year beginning in 2012. As such, the episodes will be re-released on the big screen in order for the first time in the franchise's history.

This will also be a good opportunity for us to see how far 3D conversion has come, and whether it'll be a complete waste converting older films, or if the 3D will significantly add to the moviegoing experience, giving us a whole new way to watch our favorite films.

Do you think converting the 'Star Wars' films is a good idea, or will it only end with people hating on the franchise (and George Lucas) even more?
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Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace
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