Call it the Avatar effect but ’Star Wars’, one of the most popular film franchises of all time, would soon be given a modern make-over and converted into 3D.

Director George Lucas has hinted that the new advances in technology mean it is now a possibility to see all six films re-made, Daily Mail online reported.

’Star Wars Episode II’ stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen could be on the big screen again in polished versions of the cult films.

Lucas said that he had initially thought of the idea after finishing the last Star Wars film, ‘The Revenge of the Sith’, in 2005. But he was convinced about the idea after watching blockbuster Avatar, which picked up two Golden Globes last week.

“We’ve been looking for years to do this but the technology hasn’t been there. I think this will be a new impetus to make that happen,” Lucas said.

’Avatar’, which cost more than 300m pounds to make, has shattered box-office records and is on the verge of taking 1 billion pounds at the box office since its release at Christmas.

“I liked it. I make movies like that, so I can appreciate what James Cameron went through to do it. It worked well in 3D and I’m happy it’s so successful,” he added.

Lucas, 65, is planning to begin work on converting the Star Wars films later this year.

Since its release in 1977, Star Wars has become a cult phenomenon, having grossed more than 2 billion pounds.