Lucasfilm removes Star Wars re-releases from schedule

News Simon Brew
29 Jan 2013 - 06:33
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

The 3D re-releases of Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith have been cancelled...

After the commercial success of the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace re-release, Lucasfilm was all set to continue its plan to bring 3D versions of each of the Star Wars movies to the big screen this year. It'd moved away from the one a year schedule that had originally been announced, with both Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith marked down for 3D re-releases this autumn, within weeks of one another.

However, plans appear to have changed.

The now Disney-owned Lucasfilm has removed the re-releases from its immediate schedule, and has issued a statement about the reasons why. It reads thus:

"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."

It's little secret that most of us were awaiting the re-release of the original trilogy, rather than the prequels. When the re-releases were first announced, of course, the Lucasfilm line was that they'd be stopped if they weren't financially successful. So basically, go and see the prequels if you want the originals re-released. This didn't go down wonderfully well.

Lucasfilm however is clearly re-evaluating its plans, and our guess now is that re-releases won't happen until we're a bit closer to the release of Episode VII, currently mooted for the summer of 2015.

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