In what could be the smartest decision made by Lucasfilm/Disney since the union of the two companies, it appears as though the announced 3D re-release of the first six Star Wars films may not be inflicted upon fans after all.
Last February’s re-release of The Phantom Menace in 3D failed to wow audiences, and according to an official statement via StarWars.com:
“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.”
It is not certain when or if the re-release, first announced back in 2010, will still happen: But the conversion of Episodes II and III was already all but finished, and according to IGN.com’s Eric Goldman, who saw footage of the two films as rendered in 3d, these versions have “undergone a very impressive 3D conversion that is far superior to the one The Phantom Menace had.”
Perhaps so, but I for one am delighted by the possibility that Disney may be putting a stop to Lucasfilm’s insane and seemingly endless iterations of the existing Star Wars films, and instead is focusing all of their attention and energy on actually NEW material. The only thing I like less than films being made in 3D is films being converted to 3D.