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.
Lucasfilm and Disney cancel 3D re-release of Star Wars prequels
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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Comments (45)

  1. Titanictom

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

    2 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  2. JonSpidey07

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

    2 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  3. Mieko_Siede

    @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.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  4. vader0677

    I feel like throwing up!!!!!

    2 years agoby @vader0677Flag

  5. ollie-styrene

    Finally some sense from that camp!!

    2 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    YEAH!!! Woo HOO!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. Mieko_Siede

    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.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  9. undeadslayer4

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

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  10. bipolarmassive

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

    2 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  11. Rudy

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

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  12. the Narrator

    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.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    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.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  14. gumperman

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

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  15. Raoul Duke

    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.

    2 years agoby @raoulduke33Flag

  16. ejk1

    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.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    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.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  18. Sean

    @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.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  19. Brody Alderson

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

    2 years agoby @Brody-AldersonFlag

  20. thedude-abides

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

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  21. Ghostman

    Well that sucks. As okay the prequels may be, the idea of "Star Wars in 3D" (especially Revenge of the Sith) would have looked awesome in the third dimension. At least it's for better or for worse, they made the right decision and put the fans first for they want to ensure this new movie will be as good as the Originals.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  22. skywise

    Sounds like they are taking great strides to rebuild some of the fan base's goodwill.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. x3fan2001

    Hopefully Disney will at least release the films on 3D Blu-ray since they won't get the theatrical run as intended.

    2 years agoby @x3fan2001Flag

  24. Space101

    Finally a smart move...

    2 years agoby @space101Flag

  25. ROFLitschristian

    I'm actually kind of sad. I wanted to experience the originals on the big screen, even if it was in sh*t converted 3D. Also, Clones in 3D?! That would've been cool!

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  26. Vanboy

    I could not care a DAMN less for the prequels, but they better release the originals in 3D. Figures, they judge the box office success of future 3D re-releases of what may be, by the cash garnered by the worst Star Wars movie in the friggin' frachise. That's ass-backwards Hollywood logic for you! Who would not want to see the trech raid, Endor speader bikes ar the Miliinium Falcon flying through the Death Star access port tunnel to blow up the main reactor in 3D!? What about the Falcom flying through the asteroid field in Empire? What about just the explosions that came erupting towrd the screen, like the one just before like the last tie fighter that Luke and Han blew up after they escaped the Death Star? Star Wars movies, or any space movies for that matter were meant for 3D.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  27. TheDude1

    Finally a smart decision.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  28. SherlockHolmes2009

    Thank god their ditching this

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  29. The_Crow2k

    Though a part of me would have liked watching The Revenge of The Sith in theaters again, but I think it was a good call to cancel these 3D releases.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  30. LuxoIII

    That's stupid. Why not just re-release them already? They invested all this time and money and they're "finished," but they just cancelled it? What a waste.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag