This bit of Star Wars news really comes as no surprise. Deadline.com is reporting that Disney has cancelled the release of both Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in 3D. After a poor box office draw of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D Disney is now focusing on the next trilogy.
Deadline had this to report: “This surprising decision follows the underwhelming box office performance of Episode I: The Phantom Menace re-released in 3D in February 2012. It debuted to only $23M domestically but maybe even more importantly hardcore fans felt it was yet another craven cash grab by George Lucas. Back in September 2010, Lucasfilm and then-distributor Fox announced that all 6 films in the Star Wars franchise would be converted to 3D. Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (first released on May 16, 2002) was to hit theaters in 3D on September 20th, 2013, while Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (first released on May 19, 2005) was to play in 3D on October 11, 2013”.
I read this as a step forward. I am huge Star Wars fan and found no need to revisit a film that only let me down, story-wise. Disney wants a positive attitude towards their recent purchase, not a bad a memory. I also look at it this way, the article only mentions the prequels in 3D being canceled. It makes no mention of the holy trilogy.