As many know The Phantom Menace was released last year, and while it didn't break box office records it did bring in about $43 million domestically, and a total of $103million world wide which did cover the conversion cost, and earned Lucasfilms a nice profit. So it was worth it, and I know a lot of people who were more hyped about the last two then The Phantom Menace, and of course we all where waiting to see the originals back on the big screen in 3D so this is a sad day to report that they will now not release them at least not for now.
joblo.com [by: Alex Maidy] has reported on their site the following.
The latest decision from the studios is the choice to cancel the releases of all 3D conversion of the STAR WARS movies in favor of focusing on development of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and beyond. I think this is the right move and not just because 3D re-releases are a waste of time. Up until the merger, STAR WARS was relegated to ancillary products since there were no big screen prospects in sight. Now that Lucas has loosened his grip on the series, focus can now be given to making blockbuster movies.
I would assume that at this point in the process, they would have at least been close to completing the 3D conversion on EPISODE II or III, but you never know. I am sure the lackluster reception for STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE in 3D had something to do with this decision. So, if things go well with progress on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, we may see these all on the big screen someday.
Didn't shock me honestly while it's still upsetting news it makes sense if you are making another trilogy don't over saturate the market with Star Wars to the point that it gets watered down.
And honestly the 3D FX While great, and I enjoyed the movie again in theaters on 3D I'm sure they will use 3D for the new movies. So it's not the end all be all of Star Wars on 3D, and I can wait on these other 3D conversions if it means them focusing on making the best Star Wars films possible for the new movies coming out.
But what do you think? Should Disney/Lucasfilms have released the others in 3D? We had the prequels this year planned, and the originals next year as planned. What would you have liked to have seen them do? Or did they do the right thing? Tell me in the comments.