While there’s been much hand-wringing (including some by me) over developments connected to Disney’s takeover of Lucasfilm and therefore the “Star Wars” franchise, yesterday there was a piece of news that I think most “Star Wars” fans would consider largely a positive.
According to an exclusive report yesterday by noted horrible person Nikki Finke Lucasfilm has abandoned the idea of doing 3D re-releases of Episodes 2 and 3 of the “Star Wars” saga, part of an initial plan to give all six existing films a similar treatment. Instead, they will be focused completely on “rebooting the franchise” with 3 new films, starting with the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode 7, to be released in 2015.
The move comes in response to the relatively underwhelming box office success of the 3D version of “Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” in February of 2012. Finke correctly characterizes that re-release as “another craven cash grab” by George Lucas, which resulted in “hardcore fans” finally getting fed up with Lucas’s seeming strategy of making them pay again and again to see different versions of the same movie.
While the fan community is no doubt mostly happy with the focus on making new movies as opposed to endlessly milking the cash cow of the existing ones, it’s also not considered a big loss due to the fact that the prequel films aren’t really beloved by anyone but the most hardcore fans. Some are disappointed that this also means that there likely won’t be 3D versions of the universally beloved “original trilogy,” at least for a long while.
If you want to see 3D versions of those films you’ll have to hope that one guy starts doing his one man show version of the original trilogy again. That, like all live theater, is always in 3D.