By Dave Bouressa
According to Deadline.com, Disney has decided to cancel the 3D releases of Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith to focus on the new Sequel Trilogy.
Deadline had this to say:
This surprising decision follows the underwhelming box office performance ofEpisode I: The Phantom Menace re-released in 3D in February 2012. It debuted to only $23M domestically but maybe even more importantly hardcore fans felt it was yet another craven cash grab by George Lucas. Back in September 2010, Lucasfilm and then-distributorFox announced that all 6 films in the Star Wars franchise would be converted to 3D. Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (first released on May 16, 2002) was to hit theaters in 3D on September 20th, 2013, while Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith(first released on May 19, 2005) was to play in 3D on October 11, 2013.
As always, until either Lucasfilm or Disney confirms this, it is simply a matter of "I heard from a reliable source..."
It is not surprising that Disney wants to focus simply on "rebooting" the franchise, especially given their past efforts to do such. When "Tron Legacy" was introduced to theaters, Disney pulled all copies of the original "Tron" off shelves, because they thought the boring original would turn people away from the newer film.
As a Star Wars fan and a prequel fan (and here come the hateful comments), I am slightly dissapointed. I don't think the prequels are great by any means, but those are the films I grew up with, and most of the reason I saw Phantom Menace in 3D was simply to see it in theaters again.
If we aren't getting Episodes II and III in theaters, Episode VII better make up for that! I'm looking at you, Abrams!
A mere few minutes after posting this, Starwars.com had this to say:
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.