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Lucasfilm cancels 3D re-releases of Star Wars to focus on Episode VII

Jan. 28, 2013by: Alex Maidy

So far, every decision Disney has made in regards to the STAR WARS franchise has been positive. From the recent hiring of JJ Abrams to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to the inclusion of Lawrence Kasdan as a consultant and their attempt to woo poster artist Drew Struzan out of retirement, Disney and Lucasfilm look poised to treat the fans to the STAR WARS saga we have all been dreaming of.

The latest decision from the studios is the choice to cancel the releases of all 3D conversion of the STAR WARS movies in favor of focusing on development of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and beyond. I think this is the right move and not just because 3D re-releases are a waste of time. Up until the merger, STAR WARS was relegated to ancillary products since there were no big screen prospects in sight. Now that Lucas has loosened his grip on the series, focus can now be given to making blockbuster movies.

I would assume that at this point in the process, they would have at least been close to completing the 3D conversion on EPISODE II or III, but you never know. I am sure the lackluster reception for STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE in 3D had something to do with this decision. So, if things go well with progress on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, we may see these all on the big screen someday.

Extra Tidbit: I hope JJ Abrams sticks to his guns and films EPISODE VII in 2D and not 3D.
Source: Deadline

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12:03AM on 01/29/2013

A little disappoint, but.....oh well.

I'm actually a little disappointed. That's means the two years some people have spent working effortlessly on making Star Wars in 3D, will never be seen. I understand not converting the Episodes they haven't gotten far on, but Episode II and III are completed, might as well release them. On a positive note, it's great to see that Disney and LucasFilm are staying away from image of trying to make as much money off of Star Wars as possible.
I'm actually a little disappointed. That's means the two years some people have spent working effortlessly on making Star Wars in 3D, will never be seen. I understand not converting the Episodes they haven't gotten far on, but Episode II and III are completed, might as well release them. On a positive note, it's great to see that Disney and LucasFilm are staying away from image of trying to make as much money off of Star Wars as possible.
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1:19AM on 01/29/2013
Please! that's exactly the reason why Disney invested so much money on buying Star Wars, so they can "make as much money as possible". Thats the reason of any business. Its obvious they'll focus on the proyects that will be more profitable, than two 3D re-releases no one wanted to see.
Please! that's exactly the reason why Disney invested so much money on buying Star Wars, so they can "make as much money as possible". Thats the reason of any business. Its obvious they'll focus on the proyects that will be more profitable, than two 3D re-releases no one wanted to see.
1:58PM on 01/29/2013
Many people wanted to see them and it definitely would've made a sizable profit -- however the thing to note as stated on StarWars.com is that these releases are not CANCELLED but POSTPONED. They will be shown eventually. I have my fingers crossed it'll be theatrically
Many people wanted to see them and it definitely would've made a sizable profit -- however the thing to note as stated on StarWars.com is that these releases are not CANCELLED but POSTPONED. They will be shown eventually. I have my fingers crossed it'll be theatrically
9:42PM on 01/28/2013
No big deal. The only one I would have gone to see would be episode 3.

They should play the original trilogy back in theaters for the hell of it.
No big deal. The only one I would have gone to see would be episode 3.

They should play the original trilogy back in theaters for the hell of it.
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8:55PM on 01/28/2013

but you know whats funny?....

when Episode VII is ready to come out in theaters, Disney is going to theatrically re-release all six previous films. and we're all gonna go to it and give them our money anyways. even if it's not in 3D. and then months later we'll re-buy all the movies in the packaged blu-rays (or whatever might be the format then).
when Episode VII is ready to come out in theaters, Disney is going to theatrically re-release all six previous films. and we're all gonna go to it and give them our money anyways. even if it's not in 3D. and then months later we'll re-buy all the movies in the packaged blu-rays (or whatever might be the format then).
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9:12PM on 01/28/2013
speak for yourself. i'm a huge fan of the original trilogy, saw them all in the theatre with my dad, but don't own a single one on vhs/laserdisc/dvd.
speak for yourself. i'm a huge fan of the original trilogy, saw them all in the theatre with my dad, but don't own a single one on vhs/laserdisc/dvd.
8:36PM on 01/28/2013
Good. Nobody wanted to see Attack of the Clones in 3D anyway.
Good. Nobody wanted to see Attack of the Clones in 3D anyway.
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8:27PM on 01/28/2013

Mark my words

They will sit on the 3D re-releases until closer to the release of Episode 7. Then they will release them to theatres with an exclusive, first-ever trailer for Episode 7 in order to increase their bank. Then perhaps 5 minutes of the flick with the next 3D release to get butts in seats. This way they get to promote Episode 7 whilst putting money in their pockets for the 3D cash-in on the prequels. I think this is just very clever marketing at play - they even get a PR boost now by saying they're
They will sit on the 3D re-releases until closer to the release of Episode 7. Then they will release them to theatres with an exclusive, first-ever trailer for Episode 7 in order to increase their bank. Then perhaps 5 minutes of the flick with the next 3D release to get butts in seats. This way they get to promote Episode 7 whilst putting money in their pockets for the 3D cash-in on the prequels. I think this is just very clever marketing at play - they even get a PR boost now by saying they're concentrating on Episode 7.
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8:26PM on 01/28/2013

If they really want to help...

Disney will reboot Episodes I-III. I was rewatching these the other day and they actually truly awful, lol.
Disney will reboot Episodes I-III. I was rewatching these the other day and they actually truly awful, lol.
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8:19PM on 01/28/2013
This sounds like a good move. The main thing about the 3D re-releases that I was keen about was new Star Wars LEGO sets, but those could still happen and it's more for nostalgia than much else. I didn't go see Phantom Menace in 3D, and heard the conversion wasn't great. Focus on the new movies!
This sounds like a good move. The main thing about the 3D re-releases that I was keen about was new Star Wars LEGO sets, but those could still happen and it's more for nostalgia than much else. I didn't go see Phantom Menace in 3D, and heard the conversion wasn't great. Focus on the new movies!
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8:15PM on 01/28/2013

If they really want to help...

Disney will reboot Episodes I-III. I was rewatching these the other day and they actually truly awful, lol.
Disney will reboot Episodes I-III. I was rewatching these the other day and they actually truly awful, lol.
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7:54PM on 01/28/2013

File this under no shit

After the last 3D re-release shit the bed. I wish that Disney would simply denounce episodes I-III, treat them as though they never happened and create something else in their place. They would not only gain fanboy love but make a kajillion dollars. I'm excited for Ep. VII, but I would wait to have this happen. Lucas wouldn't care. He milked all of the cash he could out of it. The I-III trilogy weakens the brand so much and Disney could do this if they wanted to.
After the last 3D re-release shit the bed. I wish that Disney would simply denounce episodes I-III, treat them as though they never happened and create something else in their place. They would not only gain fanboy love but make a kajillion dollars. I'm excited for Ep. VII, but I would wait to have this happen. Lucas wouldn't care. He milked all of the cash he could out of it. The I-III trilogy weakens the brand so much and Disney could do this if they wanted to.
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7:01PM on 01/28/2013
I guess they realized that nobody on earth has any interest in seeing that crap again, 3D or no.
I guess they realized that nobody on earth has any interest in seeing that crap again, 3D or no.
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6:56PM on 01/28/2013
cancelling the re-releases is probably for the best.
cancelling the re-releases is probably for the best.
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6:45PM on 01/28/2013
Fuckin' ay' Disney!
Fuckin' ay' Disney!
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6:42PM on 01/28/2013
Just give us a strait up theatrical re release of the original theatrical cuts!
Just give us a strait up theatrical re release of the original theatrical cuts!
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6:11PM on 01/28/2013
Well, good for Disney. I'm a tad surprised since they've been on a binge to re-release all these classic Disney films in 3D, but I guess they realize that it's better to focus on making episode VII GOOD than to focus on squeezing every last dollar out of the franchise. Hopefully this translates to episode VII being the best Star Wars yet, and with Abrams leading the charge, I am confident.
Well, good for Disney. I'm a tad surprised since they've been on a binge to re-release all these classic Disney films in 3D, but I guess they realize that it's better to focus on making episode VII GOOD than to focus on squeezing every last dollar out of the franchise. Hopefully this translates to episode VII being the best Star Wars yet, and with Abrams leading the charge, I am confident.
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11:49PM on 01/28/2013
They did recently cancel the 3D rerelease of The Little Mermaid, so they already set a precedent.
They did recently cancel the 3D rerelease of The Little Mermaid, so they already set a precedent.
5:52PM on 01/28/2013

Wow guess I was fucking wrong!

I thought the 3d rereleases were part of a master plan to work their way through the entire saga in cinemas. With episode 7 following closely after the release of 3d return of the jedi. Still this Star Wars news seems to get better everyday!
I thought the 3d rereleases were part of a master plan to work their way through the entire saga in cinemas. With episode 7 following closely after the release of 3d return of the jedi. Still this Star Wars news seems to get better everyday!
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5:40PM on 01/28/2013
"So far, every decision Disney has made in regards to the STAR WARS franchise has been positive." The second I read that title, I thought the exact same thing. They are being very careful and they realize that they have to get Episode VII done properly to establish the franchise immediately. They realize Episode VII means huge money. It's the little stuff like this that will make me trust any casting decisions they make. I'm liking this a lot.
"So far, every decision Disney has made in regards to the STAR WARS franchise has been positive." The second I read that title, I thought the exact same thing. They are being very careful and they realize that they have to get Episode VII done properly to establish the franchise immediately. They realize Episode VII means huge money. It's the little stuff like this that will make me trust any casting decisions they make. I'm liking this a lot.
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5:48PM on 01/28/2013
Don't you think that they're aware that they're facing dubious fans to start with, and that they're just making this announcement to keep the fans calm ? As Alex says, Episode I 3D didn't do so well, and they probably wouldn't have made a huge profit off Episodes II and III. Also, I don't see how it helps them focus on Episode VII ? Isn't the post-conversion thing done by... post-converters ? Anyway, I do agree that it sends the right message but I suspect that it might a bit opportunistic.
Don't you think that they're aware that they're facing dubious fans to start with, and that they're just making this announcement to keep the fans calm ? As Alex says, Episode I 3D didn't do so well, and they probably wouldn't have made a huge profit off Episodes II and III. Also, I don't see how it helps them focus on Episode VII ? Isn't the post-conversion thing done by... post-converters ? Anyway, I do agree that it sends the right message but I suspect that it might a bit opportunistic.
6:14PM on 01/28/2013
"Well, certainly that is a possibility Dude."
"Well, certainly that is a possibility Dude."
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5:37PM on 01/28/2013

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As far as J.J. sticking to his guns... I don't know. He filmed Star Trek 2 in 3D (or was it converted ?) but bottom line is : Star Wars would be amazing in 3D if by then the 3D technology has become amazing. I saw The Hobbit in 48FPS 3D IMAX and... that 3D ain't bad. I wouldn't be against the idea. But that's just my thoughts. Anyone else with me ?
Disney did well with Marvel. I'm glad to see they seem to be giving a crap about Star Wars (even though they probably just figured that
As far as J.J. sticking to his guns... I don't know. He filmed Star Trek 2 in 3D (or was it converted ?) but bottom line is : Star Wars would be amazing in 3D if by then the 3D technology has become amazing. I saw The Hobbit in 48FPS 3D IMAX and... that 3D ain't bad. I wouldn't be against the idea. But that's just my thoughts. Anyone else with me ?
Disney did well with Marvel. I'm glad to see they seem to be giving a crap about Star Wars (even though they probably just figured that post-converting Episodes 2 & 3 might not be as profitable as they though and surfing the wave of anti-3D-conversion backlash)
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6:05PM on 01/28/2013
yeah, Episode VII will most definitely be in 3D, especially since Star Trek 2 was which is more of his baby than anything. Perhaps he'll be comfortable enough with the format by the time he does Star Wars that he'll actually shoot this one in 3D, that'd be the best possible scenario I think.
yeah, Episode VII will most definitely be in 3D, especially since Star Trek 2 was which is more of his baby than anything. Perhaps he'll be comfortable enough with the format by the time he does Star Wars that he'll actually shoot this one in 3D, that'd be the best possible scenario I think.
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5:37PM on 01/28/2013
I'm sorry, but the hiring of Jar Jar Abrams as director was the only misstep Disney made in this whole process. I highly doubt that I'll be eating my words in 2016 or 2017 (when Episode VII comes out) either, since I haven't seen anything from Jar Jar to sway my opinion in the opposite direction.

You can thumbs down me all you want, but that still doesn't change the fact that he was a bad choice as director. Especially given the list Disney had to work from.
I'm sorry, but the hiring of Jar Jar Abrams as director was the only misstep Disney made in this whole process. I highly doubt that I'll be eating my words in 2016 or 2017 (when Episode VII comes out) either, since I haven't seen anything from Jar Jar to sway my opinion in the opposite direction.

You can thumbs down me all you want, but that still doesn't change the fact that he was a bad choice as director. Especially given the list Disney had to work from.
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5:41PM on 01/28/2013
Care to give one single reason why?
Care to give one single reason why?
5:51PM on 01/28/2013
Star Trek. Yes, people love it...people that didn't like Trek before, because Jar Jar ignored canon and made up what he wanted to make up in an already established storyline ignoring things like cause and action that created some of the characters flaws or personas in the first place (not to mention, a complete lack of discrepancy in character ages and when they even would be old enough to meet in Starfleet) . Then there is also the weak (or more likely, not very well thought out) story in his
Star Trek. Yes, people love it...people that didn't like Trek before, because Jar Jar ignored canon and made up what he wanted to make up in an already established storyline ignoring things like cause and action that created some of the characters flaws or personas in the first place (not to mention, a complete lack of discrepancy in character ages and when they even would be old enough to meet in Starfleet) . Then there is also the weak (or more likely, not very well thought out) story in his movies and tv shows. Especially those involving time travel.

Not to mention that the movies look like they're edited by a kid that forgot his Ritalin dose for the week. Shall I go on?
6:08PM on 01/28/2013
Actually, I was a Star Trek fan before and still loved the Star Trek reboot. I thought it was a great way to do a reboot while still appealing to the basic Star Trek fan. When you generalize like that you have a tendency to put your foot in your mouth. Hard core fans need to realize one day that they do not speak for everyone just because you have an opinion and feel it should be validated. If you didn't like it then that's cool because that's your opinion but you really shouldn't pretend to
Actually, I was a Star Trek fan before and still loved the Star Trek reboot. I thought it was a great way to do a reboot while still appealing to the basic Star Trek fan. When you generalize like that you have a tendency to put your foot in your mouth. Hard core fans need to realize one day that they do not speak for everyone just because you have an opinion and feel it should be validated. If you didn't like it then that's cool because that's your opinion but you really shouldn't pretend to speak for everyone else.
6:41PM on 01/28/2013
Fosterbeck, show me where I was speaking for everyone else. If you read my OP you'll see I say "my opinion". In my comment I don't mention other fans of Trek or that I speak for them (other than stating that people who didn't like trek before liked this new version).

Maybe if you didn't read into things too much and maybe if you didn't try so hard to invalidate my opinion by trying to denigrate me in a public forum with a backhanded compliment (ie. passive-aggressive response), you would
Fosterbeck, show me where I was speaking for everyone else. If you read my OP you'll see I say "my opinion". In my comment I don't mention other fans of Trek or that I speak for them (other than stating that people who didn't like trek before liked this new version).

Maybe if you didn't read into things too much and maybe if you didn't try so hard to invalidate my opinion by trying to denigrate me in a public forum with a backhanded compliment (ie. passive-aggressive response), you would have seen that I was speaking for just myself. I get that I'm going against the herd in this opinion, and frankly I don't care. Once Jar Jar was announced as the director, I had no desire left to see anything related to Star Wars that he'll be touching and I gave my reasons why. If you don't like it, oh well, there are quite a number of people here in the herd that are thinking exactly like you that you can talk to instead. Enjoy.
7:15PM on 01/28/2013
Well DaForce, you did say that it was a fact and not a matter of opinion that Abrams was a bad choice for the director of next Star Wars. That gave me the impression that you were speaking for others.
Well DaForce, you did say that it was a fact and not a matter of opinion that Abrams was a bad choice for the director of next Star Wars. That gave me the impression that you were speaking for others.
9:11PM on 01/28/2013
I'm afraid you're wrong again and jumping to conclusions to what other people are thinking. First off I was not referring to your OP. I never defended JJ Abrams being a good idea to direct Star Wars. In fact as much as I like JJ Abrams and Star Wars I don't think making another one is a good idea at all regardless of who is directing. However that is my opinion and I'm not the end all to what is a good idea and what is not. So in a way I do agree with some of your thoughts on the subject.
I'm afraid you're wrong again and jumping to conclusions to what other people are thinking. First off I was not referring to your OP. I never defended JJ Abrams being a good idea to direct Star Wars. In fact as much as I like JJ Abrams and Star Wars I don't think making another one is a good idea at all regardless of who is directing. However that is my opinion and I'm not the end all to what is a good idea and what is not. So in a way I do agree with some of your thoughts on the subject. Never once did I remark on your opinion of this story but because I pointed out your generalization that only non Star Trek fans liked the movie you assumed to know everything about me and what I do or do not like. You are doing it again by assuming you know exactly what everyone is thinking and putting more opinions into other people's mouths without really knowing if it's true or not.
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