Lucasfilm Cancels 3D Re-Release of Star Wars Prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith

Disney and Lucasfilm want to focus solely on rebooting the franchise, and don't want audiences to view this as a cash grab.
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Lucasfilm Cancels 3D Re-Release of Star Wars Prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith

Lucasfilm and Disney cancel 3D re-release of Star Wars prequels In somewhat shocking news this afternoon, Lucasfilm and Disney are canceling their plans to re-release Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D, both of which are completed and were scheduled to hit theaters later this year.

Lucasfilm and Disney are looking to focus primarily on "rebooting" the franchise. The disappointing box office of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace's 3D release, which brought in a paltry $23 million, is partly to blame. Also playing a factor is the fact that this prequel trilogy is not thought of favorably amongst fans, and the two studios are hoping to get the three films out of the public consciousness. It also didn't help that a lot of the hardcore fans felt these 3D re-releases were yet another blatant cash grab by George Lucas, and that he was preying on consumers.

This news comes just days after J.J. Abrams was announced as the director behind Star Wars: Episode VII.

All six Star Wars films were slated for a 3D release over the next couple of years. Most fans were anticipating Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 3D, but it's unclear if that film, along with Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi will ever make it into theaters in their converted form. If they do, it won't be until after the new trilogy is off the ground.

Star Wars: Episode VII may be the first film in the franchise to be shot in 3D. It is also possible that some of the movie will be shot in IMAX, as J.J. Abrams did with Star Trek Into Darkness. None of this has been confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm. Stay tuned for an official announcement soon.

Sources:Deadline

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  • titanictom • 2 years ago

    I Like to See Episodes 4-6 In 3d Anyway!!! Oh Well!!!!

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    • jonspidey07 • 2 years ago

      I hate Hollywood

      they are so selfish, conceited, single-minded and f*cking greedy bastards!!!

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      • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

        @bawnian-dexeus I think that would be a good idea, branch it out more now that we have the technology and fresh talents to bring it to life.

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        • vader0677 • 2 years ago

          I feel like throwing up!!!!!

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          • ollie-styrene • 2 years ago

            Finally some sense from that camp!!

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            • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

              YEAH!!! Woo HOO!!

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              • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                @mieko-siede Wouldn't mind them focusing on Old Republic after episode 9

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                • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

                  Hmm...I was under the impression that this was a sequel, not a reboot. And oddly, I know Star Wars fans will hate me saying this, but I truly wouldn't mind a reboot to this series.

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                  • undeadslayer4 • 2 years ago

                    if the fans hated thoses movies soo much i guess it was necessary

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                    • addictionnonfatel • 2 years ago

                      It's about damn time! Kudos to Disney! Gone are the days of Luca$!!!

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                      • rudy • 2 years ago

                        Too late it's already been viewed as a cash grab.....

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                        • narrator • 2 years ago

                          Nice catch, @ejk1. I didn't know one of the re-releases would be competing with Gravity. Now I'm definitely glad this was cancelled.

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                          • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                            By the way, a 3D movie is only worth the admission when the technology isn't all about objects popping out at you, and very cheaply I might add. The environment should completely complement the entirety of it all. An example? Jake Sully in Avatar walking in the flower garden.

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                            • gumperman • 2 years ago

                              Ahhhhh! I was looking forward to these. Oh well.

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                              • raoulduke33 • 2 years ago

                                What a move. Gives me much more hope for this continuation of the Star Wars Universe. Focus on the task at hand dont try and whor* out the originals and prequels for more money.

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                                • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                                  Now deserving films being released to the public for the first time such as Gravity will not have its box office numbers carved into by this ridiculous need to milk a dead cow.

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                                  • redcameraman • 2 years ago

                                    I too am getting sick-and-tired of old movies being re-released in 3D now-a-days. I'm more interested in 7 right now.

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                                    • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                                      @dan1 You do have a good point there about that. I think i would of wanted a Blu-ray re-release with never before seen deleted scenes from Star Wars episode 3 or something like that, instead of them re-releasing it in to movie theaters for reasons that would just be completely unnecessary.

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                                      • Brody-Alderson • 2 years ago

                                        F*CK YOU DISNEY YOU DID IT AGAIN YOU STUPID SH*TS

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                                        • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

                                          Good. Theatrical re-releases are money grabs anyway. People wanna see where this franchise is going, not revel in the past.

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