Before Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm back in October 2012, George Lucas’ company was planning to re-release the prequel trilogy in theaters with a brand new 3D up-conversion. The Phantom Menace had already seen its way back into theaters and took an additional $102.7 million to Episode I‘s now impressive $1 billion worldwide box office. With the promise of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith seeing their own 3D up-conversion re-releases just around the corner, Disney instead canceled the prequel re-releases to focus on the new Star Wars: Episode VII. It seems that Disney is now reconsidering a 3D re-release for Episodes II and III.
According to Jedi News, new theater showings in the Netherlands suggest that Disney might actually re-release Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in 3D next year. According to the source, the prequel films would open on December 31, 2014 in the Netherlands.
It was something I haven’t come across anywhere else, so the first thing I did, was call to confirm it. And they did. On the website they have Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith listed for December 31st, 2014, both movies in 3D!
Originally, Lucasfilm was going to re-release a different Star Wars prequel film starting in 2012 and all the way through 2014. Lucasfilm re-released The Phantom Menace in February 2012, with Attack of the Clones and em>Revenge of the Sith slated for September and October 2013, respectively. It seems that Disney might be keen on re-releasing the prequels as a way to build anticipation for Episode VII.
On the other hand, the date might be a glitch with the Dutch website. It is standard practice to release movies on Thursday in the Netherlands, but December 31, 2014 is a Wednesday, which is odd. Releasing a film on New Year’s Eve also seems like an unlikely choice. However, when you consider that anything Star Wars is a cash cow for Disney, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. The big question is, would Disney re-release the entire Star Wars saga before Episode VII release in December 2015?
The last time the movies in the original trilogy were re-released in theaters was in 1997, for the 20th anniversary of the original Star Wars. The 3D up-conversions would’ve been a good opportunity to re-release the Star Wars movies for a whole new generation of fans. I’m sure some movie theater chains out there would love to package all of the Star Wars movies into one movie event before the release of Episode VII. After all, AMC Theaters re-releases the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before any new Marvel movie, so just imagine what the demand would be for the Star Wars movies (even the prequels) to be re-released before Episode VII.
We’ll let you know when/if anything is made official.