3D 'Star Wars' Episodes II and III re-releases delayed due to new trilogy

Ben Skipper
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3D 'Star Wars' Episodes II and III re-releases delayed due to new trilogy
Ewan McGregor in 'Episode III'

Planned 3D re-releases of 'Star Wars' Episodes II and III are to be delayed so that LucasFilm and Disney can focus on J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

CNN has reported on the decision, which will shift the release date of the 3D-converted prequels from the latter half of 2013 as was previously planned.

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"Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new 'Star Wars' trilogy," said LucasFilm in a statement, "We will now focus 100% of our efforts on 'Star Wars: Episode VII' in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans."

An announcement regarding the re-released films will be made "at a latter date".

And we won't be losing any sleep over it.

Last week of course J.J. Abrams was announced as the director of 'Episode VII', the first in a planned 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy.

He will work alongside Oscar-winning scribe Michael Arndt on the film tentatively set for release in the summer of 2015.

However yesterday it was revealed that Abrams' has yet to commit to the planned release schedule, and that the film may slip into late-2015 or even 2016.