Raiders of the Lost ArkWill Indiana Jones be the next iconic character to be post-converted to 3D by George Lucas? Citing no sources, Blue Sky Disney claims that Lucasfilm will announce next month that the Indiana Jones films will be converted to third dimensionality and released "in a similar fashion as the 'Star Wars' films with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' the first out of the gate." That would mean theatrical releases, spaced about a year apart, and presumably timed so as not to conflict with the 'Star Wars' 3D conversions.

While this is no more than a rumor right now, it is a perplexing idea. It presupposes that a new audience is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to pay top dollar to see old movies, set in an even older time period, all dolled up to look kinda / sorta fresh. Mike Sampson at JoBlo.com points out that the films were "designed as a throwback to the classic film serials of the 30s and 40s." How would they benefit from being in 3D? Another question: Would Steven Spielberg support the post-conversion of any of his films to 3D?

After all, Lucas may have created the character of "an archaeologist-adventurer, a guy who wears a fedora and a bullwhip who'd hunt antiquities for museums," but it's Spielberg who actually directed 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,' 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,' and 'Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.' You'd think that he would need to be on board the revisionist 3D train before it started rolling.

Spielberg has tinkered with his films in the past, changing his mind on 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and making minor changes to 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.' He briefly considered revisiting 'Jaws' with computer-generated effects a few years ago, before deciding to leave it alone. Lately he's been busy with his first directorial foray into 3D, 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,' a performance-capture feature due for release next year. Perhaps that experience has made him into a firm convert for 3D. If so, we could soon be bull-whipped into 3D submission by none other than Indiana Jones.