Lucasfilm 'Postponing' Remaining 3D 'Star Wars' Prequel Re-Releases
Hooray! Wait, I shouldn't be cheering? A few years back, before we had any idea there would be more Star Wars movies on the way, the biggest news was that Lucasfilm and George Lucas would be converting the entire saga (all six movies) into 3D. The original re-release pattern was supposed to be one every year for six years, starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in February of 2012. While that first film got a modest 3D re-release and did fairly well at the box office ($102M worldwide), Lucasfilm has cancelled the other 3D re-releases to focus solely on "rebooting the franchise" with Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams at the helm.
The news was reported by Deadline, where they say that "Lucasfilm's promotional partners" are telling them that the studio is cancelling the prequel 3D re-releases to "focus only on 'rebooting the franchise' with three new Star Wars films." Sounds good to me, I have nothing to complain about here. Heck, I didn't even see The Phantom Menace in 3D because I didn't really care about it, Star Wars movies have always been in plain ole 2D for me. That's how I first saw them and that's how I remember them. Episodes II & III, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, had been scheduled for release this September/October, but are being pulled from the release calendar as we wait for J.J. and Lucasfilm to begin pre-production on Episode VII.
Personally, I'm happy to hear this news. Converting old(er) movies to 3D doesn't really appeal to me, I think it's a fad that may continue for now but not forever, and it's better that they leave these prequels untouched and forgotten. We have three new Star Wars movies coming up, which is much more exciting than any 3D conversion! Though they do not say if the original trilogy will still be getting its 3D re-release in a few years.
Update: While the original report from Deadline claims these prequel 3D re-releases are being cancelled, the report on StarWars.com states they're "postponed" instead. So just delayed? I'm guessing that's their safe word to use so they can bring these back in 2020 many years down the line, and not cancel all of the 3D re-release plans forever (they've probably spent millions doing the conversion on Episodes II & III already). The news states: "Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall's scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D… [To] focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans." With "further information about our 3D release plans at a later date."