When George Lucas was in charge of Star Wars’s destiny, the plan wasn’t to make more movies, the plan was simply to update the old movies to 3D and put them back in theaters one at a time over the course of the next six years. With Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, that release went as planned and grossed Lucasfilm $102.5 million dollars worldwide. Not too shabby for the worst of six Star Wars films, right? Well, we won’t get the chance to see how the others do, because Disney has pulled the Star Wars 3D rereleases from the schedule.
Of course, Disney says the pulled rereleases are simply being delayed, not shut down officially in the wake of the 2015 release of Star Wars Episode VII as directed by JJ Abrams and written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt. That makes sense. Might be a good way to gin up excitement about the newer films in the series! I know I’d go see a Star Wars marathon with all six old films playing before the newest of the series, if only to say I did it. Surely Disney Lucasfilm is thinking about what they want to do with these 3D updates, since I’m sure Disney would like to get its investment back.
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