Thursday, November 28, 2013

Unreleased Star Wars Prequels May Hit Theatres in 2014

With fan anticipation for at lofty heights, as audiences await casting news, story information and a final title, Disney may be planning on releasing the last Star Wars prequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, in 3D in 2014. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, they shelved the release of episodes 2 and 3, especially on the heels of underwhelming box office for the 3D release of The Phanton Menace. Post-conversion is already done on the two prequels.

Take this news with a grain of salt, since Disney has not yet confirmed any details or dates with this re-release. The rumour comes from an email sent to Star Wars fan website Jedi News. The mailer, Patrick K., found Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith on a 2014 calendar for Path , a theatre chain in the Netherlands. The release date on the website is Thursday, December 31 (films in the Netherlands are typically released on Thursday).

To add to the rumour, some retailers will slot a release date at the end of the year if there is word that a product will come out within that season or year but the actual release date is not yet confirmed. This could also mean that the prequels may be re-released in the summer or fall.

Although nothing has been confirmed, a 2014 release for Episodes 2 and 3 may indicate a big screen return for the original trilogy in 2015 slots (hey, one can dream). When Lucasfilm brought A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi to theatres in consecutive months in winter 1997, the films enjoyed a total of six weekends atop the North American box office and excited moviegoers young and old for the upcoming prequels. There is probably a bigger audience who want to relive the original trilogy (even the updated special edition version) on an IMAX screen. So, for ardent Star Wars fans, this rumour is a new hope, so to speak.

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