Lucasfilm bins plans for 3D Star Wars prequels

Ben Arnold
Yahoo UK Movies News

Plans to re-release all the 'Star Wars' prequels in 3D have been canned in favour of concentrating on the three new sequels instead.

'Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace' was released in 3D at cinemas last year, making the company around $22 million.

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There were then plans to do the same with 'Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones' and then 'Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith' in September and October this year, but now they're been shelved.

'Rebooting the franchise' is now said to be the key focus, according to Deadline, following the news that JJ Abrams is to helm the first new instalment.

However, there are also suggestions that re-releasing the less popular prequels may cause a level of 'Star Wars' fatigue in the run up to the new films.

The first new film is slated for release in 2015, but this may change after it was reported that Abrams had not yet agreed on a timescale to produce 'Star Wars VII'.

Whatever, the script is currently being penned by 'Toy Story 3' and 'Little Miss Sunshine' scribe Michael Arndt, with 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi' writer Lawrence Kasdan in a consulting role.