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Episode 2 and 3 in 2013

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By Robert T. Trate     August 26, 2012
Source: Star Wars Facebook Page

There has been some breaking news from Star Wars Celebration VI, in Florida. Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith are to be theatrically released in 3D back-to-back, September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively. 

This really comes as no surprise to your news editor here at Mana. According to Box Office Mojo, The Phantom of Menace in 3D made $22,469,932 and debuted 4th on the box office charts. The following week it dropped 64% at the box office. The reason for this back to back weekend release has to be due to a poor box office draw. The original plan was to release one Star Wars film a year, in 3D, for six years. This changes things drastically. However, with this changing of the release dates it still doesn’t place Episode 4 in 3D in 2017, the film’s 40th anniversary.

Will Lucasfilm release the official reason for the change in release dates? We will keep you up to date as the news becomes available. As of this point we can only hope that Lucasfilm will release the original Star Wars in theaters for the film’s big 4-0. 

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Wiseguy 8/26/2012 5:55:18 PM

I'm holding my fingers crossed and hope that we won't have to wait til 2017 for Ep.4. I'm hoping this advances all the re-releases

I think this is a good idea btw. I would've gave them more time in-between, 3 weeks seems a bit short but it could get everyone out to see the film if it's a limited 3 week release for ep.2

That's assuming it'll be pulled once ep.3 drops. They can always have them playing simultaneously.

They also need to really make the 3D pop. Ep.1 although I enjoyed it the 3D was pretty muted. Go crazy George

jimvo99 8/26/2012 6:25:12 PM

This 3D fad is horrible. I hate watching movies in 3D and I hope it dies.

Wiseguy 8/26/2012 6:40:41 PM

You're horrible and I hope you die!! Ha jk bud

But how much longer does 3D needs to stick around before you guys drop the "fad". Fact is there are thousands of upgraded 3D screens around the world and the format makes huge money, especially overseas where Hollywood makes more of its money every year. So yeah, don't hold your breath....or do :)

Wyldstaar 8/26/2012 7:47:55 PM

The import agreement between the US and China requires that the limited number of movies which will be allowed into their country all be of "premium quality."  It doesn't mandate 3D, but it does require the imports to be huge budgeted, visual FX extravaganzas (with no political content which reflects badly upon China).  Since the number of flicks allowed into China is limited, Hollywood is going to be sure and wring every last dime they can from that market, and that means 3D/Imax whenever possible.

Muenster 8/26/2012 8:16:33 PM

3D Conversion looks bad. Anyone who likes this 3D conversion crap, and for that matter, anyone who likes Episodes 1-3 probably enjoys sucking peri-anal crab infested pubic hair from between their teeth.

Suck... Suck... Suck... Suck... Suck...

Wiseguy 8/26/2012 8:41:00 PM

It isn't just that Hollywood wants more money China has more 3D screens than the US so their investment is sizeable. And they're still making deals with the likes of Cameron/Pace Group to incorporate the format further according to my fave 3D site which also  said that China would allow an additional 14 foreign films provided they're either 3D or I-Max. So it isn't Hollywood insisting on it


 

And it isn't just China, Russia and a lot of the main countries in western europe have a huge amount of 3D screens. Some of them more per capita than us.
 

jedibanner 8/26/2012 9:20:10 PM

Another proof 3D sucks and should just fade away (not completelly Wise, take it easy now).

And to say Hollywood is not insisting on 3D is just a bit hard to swallow Wiseguy. Facts are there for which we've argued before but in the end, it's ok to have some theatres in 3D, not the majority for which the theatres are nowhere near full and the 2D are always full and we are stuck with 2 theatres with 2D and 10 with 3D and all the 3D are mostly empty.

THAT is how Hollywood is insisting and pushing this to our throat and I'm glad even a movie liek Star Wars is failling to ''grasp'' the young ones for this 3D crap.

SarcasticCaveman 8/26/2012 10:27:13 PM

 I'm not a fan of the conversion sh*t either, but I don't want 3D to go away completely.  I love watching Pixar and Dreamworks animated movies in 3D, and for as much as I hate Avatar, the presentation was certainly beautiful.  I just wish more studios would spend the time and money into actually filming in 3D if they want their movies in 3D.  Can't wait for The Hobbit movies!

GothicStorm 8/26/2012 11:12:16 PM

THE Star Wars universe is slowly fading away in the eyes of this generation. I believe it's time to continue the story. There are sooo many great directors who would love to get their hands on this franchise. (Joss Whedon anyone?) Lucas can still give his "thumbs up/thumbs down" in the end, but I say we get those other sequels moving and see some 'Shadows of the Empire"! Hell, have the Solo twins all grown up and you could still have Harrison Ford and co make some guest appearances. Let's just get the ball rolling for the future Star Wars generations!  

 
Oh and perhaps Lucas is shooting for 2017 as a different kind of release date... Episode 7 anyone?
DaForce1 8/26/2012 11:13:51 PM

 This is hilarious news! These movies were supposed to come out one a year, but because the first only made something like $15 million, they're rethinking the release dates in order to make more money on this very tired fad. Yes, fad. The first time 3D came around in the 1950's it lasted for about ten years before it died out. It had exactly the same problems people complain about today, headaches, dumb glasses, etc. It's time for Star Wars (much like the 3D fad) to go away for a little while until they can actually come up with something new that's also well-written (not just a rehash of the crap that came before it, and slapping a prequel label on it).

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