'Star Wars' Episodes II & III Coming in 3D Back-to-Back in Late 2013
The saga is complete. Or perhaps, the saga is just beginning. We expected to hear some news out of Star Wars Celebration VI down in Orange County this weekend, and a bit of news has arrived. The official Star Wars Facebook page (found via SlashFilm) has announced release dates for the next prequels in that trilogy being released converted to 3D. If you remember, Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in 3D this past February; it made only $43 million at the domestic box office, which I guess was enough to fire these two up back-to-back. Quicker to get us the original trilogy, most likely, in 3D, why not.
The message, along with that "Star Wars 3D" logo above posted on Facebook and Twitter, states simply: "Breaking news from #StarWarsCVI: Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith to be theatrically released in 3D back-to-back, September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively." So there are the two release dates for both of these movies, a good three weeks apart, and right in the middle of a hectic 3D-filled release season (including The Little Mermaid in 3D and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For within weeks of these). No other info or details were released in the update, but SlashFilm reminds us it shows: "Just 'Star Wars 3D.' Seems pretty obvious that means we’re heading to the original trilogy." That's a good thing, right?
Who knows when that will be, but in the meantime, if you were a fan of Episode II and/or Episode III, the one that finally connects it all together ("Noooooooooooo!!!!") they'll be the next to get a Star Wars 3D conversion due out back-to-back late next year. We'll keep our ears open for any more Star Wars news that isn't that wacky Star Wars: Detours trailer ("it makes the Prequels look good"). Planning to see these?
Update: Here's one of the statements from the Lucasfilm press release just put out htat I wanted to include with this: "Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous 3D conversion was undertaken by Prime Focus, the global visual entertainment services company. With their proprietary View-D process, Prime Focus transformed Episode II and III into 3D with the utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological consideration and artistic intentions." Glad to hear. "With its deeply detailed worlds and engulfing action, Star Wars is perfectly suited for the immersive 3D theatrical experience."
Reader Feedback - 25 Comments
CrusaderG on Aug 26, 2012
If Jar Jar Binks is not added in both of them via CGI then I refuse to see it because I think he deserved a much more major role and more credit than any other characters in the Star Wars Universe. He's one of my favorite characters watching Phantom Menace as a kid and then brewing upset he was not in any of the others. Lucas needs to bring him back, I would like to see a Jar Jar Binks solo film sometime soon.
JerseyBoy on Aug 26, 2012
You're trolling, right?
Edward Curtis on Aug 27, 2012
The tits on that cash cow must have calluses 3 inches thick by now.
Brian Sleider on Aug 26, 2012
"I've got a bad feeling about this."
Big Boss on Aug 26, 2012
Good move...the close nature of the releases will probably get a lot of people going to see both...but you have to think that Episde II will likely get it's run cut off quite a bit. But then again that's probabl the idea, it was the least successful of the prequels...so it gets 3 weeks then Episode 3 gets to just run it's course.
Chris Groves on Aug 26, 2012
It's kinda obvious they are doing this back to back so they can get the most out of a single marketing campaign...But I look for A New Hope 3D to get its own exclusive release in 2015
Brad White on Aug 27, 2012
I was just thinking about that. It'll likely cost just a little bit more than one campaign but nowhere near as much as two. Episode 1 made $40 million of it's $43 million domesic gross after 3 weekends...so they probably don't see much value in going beyond that for Attack of the Clones. It's best just to get to Revenge of the Sith, which had the warmest response of the 3 prequels. Episode 4-6 will be amazing to see in a theater though.
Chris Groves on Aug 27, 2012
Sigh. Another cash grab.
Dan Gregore on Aug 26, 2012
WHY THE FUCK...
DAVIDPD on Aug 26, 2012
THEBATMAN on Aug 26, 2012
Watch AMC theaters do a triple header making back to back to back Episodes I II and III 3D screenings the day of the release of the last one (Ep III). AMC is the king of milking movies.
Regal 4 Life! on Aug 26, 2012
We raped your childhood in 2002 and in 2005. Now, we want to remind you of it in full thrusting 3D. GTFO Lucas.
BK on Aug 26, 2012
Quanah on Aug 27, 2012
The same 2 movies in 3d. Oh can't wait, I love Star Wars.
Carpola on Aug 27, 2012
Avi Smulders on Aug 27, 2012
So I am going to throw these 2 things out there. 1) I took my kid to see this in 3D and it had the same awesome effect that Star Wars Ep. IV one had on me when I was a kid. That is what its about.. I wasn't a HUGE fan of this new trilogy but you gotta remember, it wasn't made for you. It was made for your kids. 2) This was the ONLY 3D film I have enjoyed and was able to get immersed in. EVERY other film i have seen in 3D (even Avatar) had some sort of crap issue with the projection quality and has been very disappointing. I saw this one and it was awesome. The quality of the conversion was amazing and I couldn't see the... hell i don't know how to describe it (i wanna say dividing lines), it was bright enough, and the pod race scene seemed to be shot intentionally for this kind of conversion down the line. 3) Its a cultural phenomenon. There is no substitute. This is going to pop up as often as culture can make that happen. Every anniversary, every new format, every new everything, Star Wars will be there. Get over it and get over yourselves. Its part of the culture that YOU created. So why not just sit back and enjoy it? Watch your kids enjoy it. Introduce your girlfriend to it (slowly... slowly ease her in... I recommend starting with Lego Star Wars, its cute, girls like cute), just enjoy it instead of feeling you have a right to say something or that your words are going to do ANYTHING AT ALL. This Juggernaut launched in '77 and it ain't never gonna stop. Deal with it.
Redzot on Aug 27, 2012
Ummm, that's three things 🙂 Though you are 100% correct on all.
Steven on Aug 27, 2012
All things come to an end.Even Star Wars.If not sooner than it will end when humanity ceased to be.Deal wit it.
yo on Aug 29, 2012
How much did Titanic make in the 3D-rerealese?
Ryderup on Aug 27, 2012
You guys need to stop bitching about the 3D and start worrying about Detours.
oreodogvomit on Aug 27, 2012
An update and yet no news of CGI Jar Jar Binks... I am upset Mr.Lucas...I trusted you!!!!
JerseyBoy on Aug 27, 2012
Fuck Star Wars.
rennmaxbeta on Aug 27, 2012
I think this is AWESOME FOR KIDS. When they released Phantom Menace months back, kids were going in full costume. I won't go though.
SLOTHVADER on Aug 27, 2012
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