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Lucasfilm moving ahead with Star Wars Episode II and III in 3D
Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, August 27, 2012
When Lucasfilm released Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in post-converted 3D last winter, it only managed to earn $43 million dollars domestically. Perhaps audiences weren't all that interested in seeing a 13-year old movie in theaters again, or the foul reputation that Episode I has accumulated over time sullied the brand. In any case, that's now stopping the company from continuing to 3D-ize the remaining two movies in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and release then into theaters.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones 3D will get its release on September 20, 2013 while Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 3D debuts on October 11, 2013. That's a pretty narrow gap between the release of both movies, and likely it's a well-thought out strategic move by Lucasfilm. By releasing both Star Wars 3D pictures in less than one month's time the company can bundle the public's awareness and marketing of the movies together.
The company hasn't announced any plans to follow-up with 3D versions of the classic Star Wars trilogy (1977's A New Hope, 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi). Perhaps they are waiting to find out what the box office returns will be for Episode II and III first before pot committing to the second threesome. I just want to know this: who is looking forward to seeing old Star Wars movies in 3D? (And I'm not just talking about adding more dimension to the characters in the prequels...)
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