Hey, kids! Remember when THIS happened?
Take a good long look, remember this travesty and then breathe a LONG sigh of relief…because the plans to re-release Episode II and III in 3D are officially dead.
That’s right, darlings. In a Deadline.com exclusive, Nikki Finke received confirmation that the 3D prequels were a no-go and that Disney wants to focus only on successfully rebooting the franchise by concentrating on the next three Star Wars films, beginning with Episode VII.
Back in 2010, Lucasfilm and then-distributor Fox announced all 6 films would be converted, with the 3D version of Episode II: Attack Of The Clones in theaters this September 20th followed by Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith on October 11th, but as the 3D render of Episode I: The Phantom Menace only managed to make $43 million upon its release last year (and in and out of theaters faster than Anakin in a pod race), this plan was quickly altered.
All six episodes in 3D? Newp.
This latest decision came a couple days after the announcement that Academy Award winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) would be writing the screenplay with sci-fi wunderkind J.J. Abrams (LOST, Star Trek) signed on to direct this latest offering.
I couldn’t be more pleased because after what can be viewed as “critical failures” in Episodes I, II, III, and Episode VII being the first Star Wars film since 2005, attention MUST be paid to in order to FINALLY wash the continued bad taste out of the mouths of both the new and longtime fans (who even went as far as accusing creator George Lucas of being “a greedy bastard”) now looking to this film to breathe (pardon the pun) “a new hope” into the beloved franchise.
And if that weren’t enough confirmation for ya, an official statement released to StarWars.com reads as follows:
“Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D. 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. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.”
Right about now, I feel like celebrating…you can, too, if you like!
Okay, okay…if you REALLY feel the need to see some Star Wars in 3D, here you go.
(3D glasses not included. Whaddya think I’m made of, money?)
Don’t say I never gave ya nothin’, haha.
Well, jeez. Since we have until 2015 or possibly longer for Episode VII, I’ll continue to amuse myself by taking my yearly pics with stormtroopers and Kenner action figure mock-up boxes at San Diego Comic Con.
Until 2015, darlings.
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