Were you excited about the idea of seeing “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” in 3D? Save that excitement for something else–according to Deadline, the re-releases have been cancelled, because Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm wants to concentrate on the new Star Wars movies they’re planning, with J.J. Abrams just set to direct the first one.
Last year Lucasfilm released a 3D version of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” to an underwhelming response at the box office. Considering this was part of a plan to re-release all six films in the series in 3D, this was not good news. It’s unclear why it didn’t do well (only $23 million domestically at 3D prices)–okay, actually it is clear: most hardcore fans of the original trilogy (Ep IV-VI) had no interest in going to see the hated second trilogy (Ep I-III) in 3D, and hardcore fans of the second trilogy…well, there aren’t any. Nevertheless, Lucasfilm kept to its plan, setting release dates for the 3D versions of Episodes II (September 20, 2013) and III (October 11, 2013)–until now, that is.
Disney may have just decided it wasn’t worth the trouble considering the small box office prospects, or they may want to stay away from the movies they know the fans hated, or maybe they want to save the 3D releases for closer to the date of the first new film’s release. Maybe all of the above.
Here is the statement they released after the reports of the cancellation surfaced:
Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D. Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.