George Lucas teased the idea of re-releasing the entire "Star Wars" saga in 3D for several years, and, upon officially announcing the project, he insisted on dragging it out over the course of six years, with each film being released a year at a time. Now, however, the plan as changed, as the second two entries in the prequel trilogy, "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith," will be released back-to-back next year.
Instead of being released in early 2013 and 2014, "Clones" and "Sith" will now be released on September 20th and October 11th next year. Lucasfilm announced the change in plans at Star Wars Celebration over the weekend, the semi-regular gathering of throngs of "Star Wars" fans.
Earlier this year, "The Phantom Menace" kicked off this 3D cycle. Upon bowing in theaters in February, it scrounged up $43 million, which isn't a bad haul. However, compared to other re-releases, such as Disney's "The Lion King," which pulled in $94 million, the total doesn't look quite as rosy.
Perhaps this persuaded the Lucasfilm brass to go ahead and get through the prequel trilogy, the much maligned trio of films (in hardcore fan circles, anyway) in an attempt to get to the more beloved original trilogy in a more timely manner.
Under the original plan, audiences wouldn't even have seen the original "Star Wars" until 2015, with "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" following in 2016 and 2017. As these films represent the more beloved trilogy, one has to think Lucasfilm is in a hurry to get these films in theaters.
The only question here is if those three will arrive one year at a time as originally planned or if they'll also just be released together over the course of 2015. Back in 1997, the three arrived in three consecutive months when Lucasfilm released the special editions of the films, and it might be wise to do the same with the 3D conversions.
After all, given audience's historically fickle attitude towards 3D (the format has waxed and waned in popularity several times over the past 60 years), it's possible that they won't even be clamoring for 3D re-releases even three years from now.
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