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'Avatar' gives Lucas impetus to revamp 'Star Wars' for 3-D

Imagine that scene where the Millennium Falcon pops out of nowhere and saves Luke and Princess Leia – in 3D.

Star Wars creator George Lucas let spill at a Golden Globes party Sunday that Avatar has given him "a new impetus to make that happen."

Avatar, the 3-D sci-fi epic by James Cameron, took best picture at the Globes.

"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. "But, [the] technology hasn't been there. We've been struggling with it."

Avatar, said Lucas, "worked very well in 3-D. Haven't been a big fan of 3-D, but that movie definitely improves (the field of) 3-D."

Lucas created the Star Wars films that revolutionized sci-fi storytelling and introduced enduring characters into the popular culture.

So much so that Cameron himself has said the day he saw the first Star Wars in 1977 is burned into his memory. Born in Chippawa, Ont., he had moved with his family to California by then.

Biographer Rebecca Keegan writes in her just-published The Life and Films of James Cameron that he "emerged seething after seeing Star Wars: somebody had made his movie. 'That's when I got busy,'" he told Keegan. From daydreaming movie plots while working as a lunch truck driver, Cameron made his leap into the film business.


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