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Lucasfilm Studios has decided not to re-release the other two Star Wars prequel films in 3D to focus its force on the upcoming trilogy.
Studio promo partners say they want to focus on “rebooting the franchise” with Star Trek director J.J. Abrams helming the first film, Deadline reports.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace was re-released in February 2012 and picked up $23.2 million domestically. Its sequels were to be released this year, Episode II: Attack of the Clones on Sept. 20 and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on Oct. 11. The original trilogy was to be re-released in 3D in later years, too.
The first film of the Star Wars reboot trilogy, written by Michael Arndt, is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015, according to Broadway World. Parent studio Disney and Lucasfilms will release a new installment every other year.
Abrams has built a long track record in sci-fi cult hits, creating or co-creating Alias, Lost and Fringe, and producing Revolution, which returns in March on ABC. He also produced the films Cloverfield and the latest Mission Impossible sequel.
He told the Huffington Post of his plans to direct the sequel.
“I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we’re just getting started. I'm very excited," Abrams said.