Disney has put the brakes on plans to release the second and third Star Wars prequels in 3D.
Star Wars honcho George Lucas announced plans to remake all six Star Wars movies in 3D back in 2010 and in February 2012 the first of them, The Phantom Menace, hit the big screen. But it didn’t hit it very hard, debuting to just $23 million in the U.S., although Wikipedia says it has earned a little over $100 million in total. 3D-ized versions of the second and third flicks, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, were supposed to be released in September and October of this year, but that plan has now been scuttled.
“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,” it says. “We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.”
It’s not a whole lot to go on, but it’s also not terribly difficult to get the feeling that Disney is looking to distance itself from the prequel trilogy. It wouldn’t be a terrible PR move given the not-entirely-positive reaction to the prequel trilogy and Lucas’ ongoing meddling with the franchise, yet the irony is that those three movies feel far more Disney-esque than the originals. Whatever the reason, it looks like Hayden Christensen is going to remain utterly without depth for a long time to come.