Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
‘Spider-Man’ Gig Is Still Up For Grabs: Six Actors Screentest Including Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland & More ‘Spider-Man’ Gig Is Still Up For Grabs: Six Actors Screentest Including Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland & More Disney Cancels ‘Tron 3’ Following The Disappointment Of ‘Tomorrowland’ Disney Cancels ‘Tron 3’ Following The Disappointment Of ‘Tomorrowland’ Watch: Trailer For Amateur Porn Documentary 'Hot Girls Wanted' Produced By Rashida Jones Watch: Trailer For Amateur Porn Documentary 'Hot Girls Wanted' Produced By Rashida Jones Exclusive: Trailer And Poster For Documentary 'Rubble Kings' About 1970s New York City Gang Culture Exclusive: Trailer And Poster For Documentary 'Rubble Kings' About 1970s New York City Gang Culture Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' Tilda Swinton Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In 'Doctor Strange' Tilda Swinton Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In 'Doctor Strange' Watch: Jason Segel Plays David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg In The First Trailer For ‘The End Of The Tour’ Watch: Jason Segel Plays David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg In The First Trailer For ‘The End Of The Tour’ Why Gaspar Noé’s ‘Love’ Fails To Break The Curse Of Sex On Screen Why Gaspar Noé’s ‘Love’ Fails To Break The Curse Of Sex On Screen The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Lucasfilm Kills 'Star Wars' Prequel 3D Re-Releases To Focus On 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 28, 2013 at 3:55PM

We have to tip our hat to this decision, because financially, it finds the studio walking away from easy money. As you might recall, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" was re-released just over a year ago, the first in a planned series of rejiggered "Star Wars" re-releases, this time in 3D. It did pretty modest business -- $22 million, which isn't bad considering what they spent on marketing and conversion didn't cost all that much -- but it's certainly not "The Lion King" sized numbers either (which went on to surprise everyone by making over $90 million). But even though "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith" were slated for back-to-back releases later this year, that's off the table.
3
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge Of The Sith Hayden Christensen George Lucas

We have to tip our hat to this decision, because financially, it finds the studio walking away from easy money. As you might recall, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" was re-released just over a year ago, the first in a planned series of rejiggered "Star Wars" re-releases, this time in 3D. It did pretty modest business -- $22 million, which isn't bad considering what they spent on marketing and conversion didn't cost all that much -- but it's certainly not "The Lion King" sized numbers either (which went on to surprise everyone by making over $90 million). But even though "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith" were slated for back-to-back releases later this year, that's off the table.

Deadline has learned that Lucasfilm has kiboshed the prequel re-release plans, so they can focus on "rebooting the franchise." We're not sure what one has to do with the other -- 3D conversion re-releases probably have zero to do with anything J.J. Abrams is working on -- but if anything, their testing may suggest that the limited crowd that came out for 'Phantom Menace' might be even smaller for the next two movies. You know, because they're crap. And while the re-release of the original trilogy back in theaters probably would've had crowds out in droves, perhaps Disney doesn't want "Star Wars" fatigue to set in before Abrams gets a chance to drop his movie.

So cancel your plans, and put away your Darth Maul costume for now. Are you bummed or glad these plans are shelved? Let us know below.

This article is related to: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones , Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates