Disney caused quite the stir back in October 2012 when it announced that it had purchased Lucasfilm and had plans to produce a brand new Star Wars movie.
Now, Disney has made another key decision with regards to the Star Wars franchise: the company is reportedly delaying all plans to release 3D versions of the Star Wars prequels.
You may recall that Lucasfilm re-released Star Wars: Episode I in 3D format back in February 2012. For a film that infamously disappointed fans upon its original release in 1999, the $43 million the 3D version raked in was certainly impressive.
Lucasfilm had planned to re-release the other prequels, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, in September and October 2013, respectively.
However, Disney has delayed (or possibly canceled) those plans. The reason: it wants to focus “100 percent” on the production of a brand new Star Wars film, Episode VII.
That information was recently posted to the StarWars.com website. Here’s the full post:
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.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams. Not much is known about the film’s plot, though early reports have indicated that, at the very least, the Luke Skywalker character will make a return.
When asked about the possible return of other key characters, including Han Solo and Princess Leia, Abrams had this to say:
“It’s obviously way too early to talk specifics. But I’m excited to actually start [work on the movie].”