Remember when the world’s great movie, “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace” was released in 3D in February 2012? Well don’t hold your breath for Episode II or III (for IV, V, VI either, right?). Lucafilm has decided to forgo the release of the prequel-sequels in order to concentrate on the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Obvious Len Flare Joke”.
Here’s Lucafilm had to say on the official “Star Wars” page:
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.
According to Box Office Mojo, “Phantom Menace 3D” pulled in $22,469,932 in the U.S., which ain’t bad at all considering the movie had already grossed over $400 million from its initial run. So box office really isn’t the issue here, especially since folks kind of liked “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” And we all know that once we got over the prequel hump we’d be coasting into the next (real) trilogy with “A New Hope,” “Empire,” and “Jedi,” which would’ve done gangbusters at the B.O.
But it looks like we’ll have to sit tight on seeing Boba Fett Wilhelm Scream himself into the Sarlacc Pit in a third dimension…and prepare ourselves for the inevitable announcement of “Episode VII” being shot and released in 3D (despite Abrams’ misgivings).