Rumor: Remaining 3D Converted 'Star Wars' Prequels Hitting in 2014
Back in February of 2012, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace returned to theaters converted to 3D, and Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were supposed to arrive in a hurry this past September and October. However, following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm last fall, they decided to postpone the release of the films in 3D saying the studio wanted to "focus only on rebooting the franchise with three new Star Wars films." We weren't sure when the prequels or even the original trilogy would come back to theaters in 3D, but now it sounds like there might be a plan to release them yet again. But when?
For now this is just a rumor, but JediNews has word that Episode II and Episode III have been revealed to arrive in the Netherlands on December 31st, 2014. The source says:
"Pathé is a large chain of cinemas in The Netherlands and whilst browsing their website I stumbled across something interesting. It was something I haven't come across anywhere else, so the first thing I did, was call to confirm it. And they did. On the website they have 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith' listed for December 31st, 2014, both movies in 3D!"
That would be it at just under a year before Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18th, 2015. However, the plan to release just Episode II and III in 3D before the new sequel comes out just seems stupid, especially since this will be Episode VII, and fans would be better served seeing the original trilogy in theaters again instead. Of course, since tons of money had probably been spent on converting the prequels to 3D, Lucasfilm is probably just trying to get some cash back by releasing them.
As it stands, director J.J. Abrams is very comfortable with the new sequel release date. He told MTV:
"I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in the summer. Before I even came onto the project, before I was brought on -- they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on. Which I understand, and I understand why they'd want that -- but it didn't necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively. So I think that it's a hugely important thing that that come first, and a release date is great, but you have to release something great. So to me, the new release date is a huge improvement."
So we'll see what Disney plans to do bout re-releasing the remaining 3D converted prequels into theaters. It would be fine if the prequel re-release was followed by some sort of original trilogy re-release as well, but otherwise, it's just a sloppy recovery from what seemed like a pointless endeavor to begin with. We'd much rather have no Star Wars movies hit theaters until 2015 instead of two of the prequels hitting theaters on the same day before Episode VII. Since this is a rumor, this plan might not even come to fruition