Disney postpones release of ‘Star Wars’ prequels in 3D to focus on ‘Episode VII’

By Daniel S Levine,

Disney and Lucasfilm said on Monday that the previously planned 3D releases of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Episode III - Revenge of the Sith will be delayed.

Deadline first reported on the decision. It comes just days after the studio confirmed that the search for a director for Episode VII was over, with J.J. Abrams stepping in.

Later, the studios made it official with a statement. “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,” the statement read. “We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.”

This decision was expected, especially since the February 2012 release of Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 3D only opened to $23 million domestically. Fox, which was the original distributor for the films, had planned to release Attack of the Clones on Sept. 20 and Revenge of the Sith on Oct. 11. The films were originally released in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Lucasfilm did have hopes to release the Original Trilogy in 3D as well.

Episode VII is still slated for a 2015 release. Michael Arndt is writing the new film.



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