LucasFilm announced today that it will be releasing the six Star Wars films in 3D starting in 2012. George Lucas himself will oversee the process, with The Phantom Menace expected to lead the way followed by the other movies in the years following.

While Lucas has been skeptical about the quality of 3D for years, an experience with Avatar convinced him that the technology was ready and that there were enough 3D theaters to support a major release. It is also believed that the ramp up of 3D television sales factored into the decision.