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Discussion DEADLINE: No More ‘Star Wars’ 3D Prequel Releases; Lucasfilm Passes To Focus On New Trilogy

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Episode VII and Beyond (Archive)' started by rezpen, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. LawJedi

    LawJedi Jedi Master star 4

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    Disney's whole business plan with Star Wars is all about splitting resources, spinoffs, TV.
     
  2. Bazinga'd

    Bazinga'd The Man / Also Known as Bazinga'd star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Agreed. But I am a lawyer and for obvious reasons I detest the misuse of vocabulary.
     
  3. Zuckuss the Ruckuss

    Zuckuss the Ruckuss Jedi Master star 4

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    The reality is that Disney understands the prequels were not that well received, critically, nor has their legacy been embraced. It would be like negative advertising to some.

    I think Disney wants the general public to forget the prequels and bring the original trilogy back to the forefront.

    Kinda goes with my thinking that, someday, that they may remake episodes 1-3. Depends on how well the sequel trilogy is received.
     
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  4. Gallandro

    Gallandro Force Ghost star 4

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    I'm sorry but if Titanic 3-D, which had a huge promotion behind it, could only muster $57 million in 3-D receipts (and mind you this number also includes a number of theaters which showed it in standard cinemas), there's really not a lot of motivation to release the OT either.

    This is not 1997 where you could only watch the OT on your crappy little 32" screen TV on VHS or Laser Disc, so a theatrical release could naturally make a lot of money. Now people own the OT in 1080p on Blu-Ray and can watch the film from the comfort of their home on their glorious 55" HDTV with Dolby Digital 7.1 surround. I suspect an OT re-release in 3-D MIGHT muster numbers slightly better tan Titanic. But again the shine has worn off on the 3-D fad, and while it is still doing well overseas there are definite signs it is stagnating here in the US.

    Yancy
     
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  5. Pro Scoundrel

    Pro Scoundrel New Films Lawgiver & Casual Flyer star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    And if that's true then fine, as long as it's not hindering the ST. I care WAY more about the ST than 3D conversions or spinoffs.
     
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  6. Zuckuss the Ruckuss

    Zuckuss the Ruckuss Jedi Master star 4

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    I think its more in line with "getting back to its roots" than a reboot. I, for one, will be happy that I won't have to see Doug Chiang's design work in Star Wars anymore.

    They need to go back to the Mcquarrie WW2 inspired utility stuff.
     
  7. Pro Scoundrel

    Pro Scoundrel New Films Lawgiver & Casual Flyer star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Actually, I have a 60" plasma. Just saying. :D
     
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  8. phatdude1138

    phatdude1138 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    This is how I feel. There's NOTHING like seeing a Star Wars movie in a public theater with other Star Wars fans. A re-release is the perfect way to promote and generate buzz.

    I do have one hope, and it's a long shot, but: Disney is known for releasing it's cartoon classics back in theaters for a limited time! Go figure. It really doesn't cost them anything to ship out the films to theaters and do a limited release. It's just will the theaters want to take the risk of displacing NEW movies with old ones? If they re-release in "slow" movie season, I don't see a downside.
     
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  9. Vale Man

    Vale Man Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I personally think 3D is an unecessary rip off. I quite liked watching movies on a little TV, as long as it had a worth while story that is.
     
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  10. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    This doesn't bother me, to be honest. I'm not into the whole 3D hype and the only reason I would go see them is to experience the films themselves in theaters, not for a gimmick. I'm not a fan of the PT and didn't see TPM 3D in theaters and I had no intentions of seeing the other two either, so no real loss for me.

    Plus, I'd rather they focus on making Episode VII the best it can be rather than wasting money and effort on something like this.
     
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  11. Pro Scoundrel

    Pro Scoundrel New Films Lawgiver & Casual Flyer star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    I wouldn't be surprised if we get a re-release of the whole saga before the ST release.
     
  12. Julius Vernon

    Julius Vernon Jedi Knight star 3

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    Ditto. And my whole reason for a full sound system is Star Wars, it just gets used by other movies. ;)
     
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  13. P.Sam

    P.Sam Jedi Padawan star 1

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    Not a big surprise for me and I can understand why they're cancelled. With the release of Episode VII in 2015-2016 It would've been loads of SW in theater and perhaps too much for the public. The focus should therefore be put entirely on the new trilogy and the promotion around it. It makes sense. Plus, in a small amount of time there have been many 3D converted films in theaters and the sucess is simply no there. People got tired.

    I see that Lucasfilm do not mention the OT so we should not ruled them out. But not for any time soon.
     
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  14. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    This doesn't bother me in the slightest. Gives them more time to meet the 2015 deadline hopefully.
     
  15. Gallandro

    Gallandro Force Ghost star 4

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    Agreed. I enjoyed the TPM 3D presentation, but I generally avoid 3D like the plague.

    Yancy
     
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  16. Han Burgundy

    Han Burgundy Jedi Master star 3

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    "Disappointing sales"? Not really, considering that TPM is known by the general public as "the *****y one", I think it did rather well. If they had kept this going you would have seen consistently higher sales for AOTC and ROTS, a d no doubt there would be huge amounts of people turning out for the originals in 3D, especially if they had released them at peak hype for episode 7.

    Real, missed opportunity, methinks.
     
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  17. Gallandro

    Gallandro Force Ghost star 4

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    That all depends on Fox now. Remember, they own the distribution rights to the PT and OT through 2020, and they own the distribution rights to ANH in perpetuity. But they would definitely be smart to at least consider it.

    Yancy
     
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  18. phatdude1138

    phatdude1138 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Ha ha!! This is 100% true!! Back when Lucas FINALLY decided to release Star Wars on DVD (remember those days when we couldn't even get a release date?) I actually converted a bedroom in my house to a home theater! I did a two row setup, second row elevated. Sound and a 8ft screen with projector. Even drapes on the wall. The things I do for Star Wars!!
     
  19. Figrin D'aniel

    Figrin D'aniel Jedi Knight star 2

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    It's kinda crazy how different the plans for the future of Star Wars were back in 2005.

    I'm pretty sure all 3 of these things were announced at Celebration III in 2005. They were all supposed to be huge deals, but out of all of them, the only one that has made a big splash really was The Clone Wars.

    -Animated TV series (Took 3 years, began in 2008)
    -3D Movie Releases of Episodes 1-6 (Took 7 years, but only TPM was in theaters in2012)
    -Live action TV series (Still hasn't happened after 7 1/2 years, probably never will)

    While I get that it is more important to focus working on Star Wars Episode VII, it seems like it would be a great way to keep people excited about Star Wars to release all 6 of the movies in theaters again. Maybe they could just release them in theaters without the 3D conversion?
     
  20. Pro Scoundrel

    Pro Scoundrel New Films Lawgiver & Casual Flyer star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Ah, indeed you are correct, sir. Excellent point.
     
  21. Diggs

    Diggs Jedi Master star 4

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    I think this is a good move. Buzz for SW is more positive than it has been in ages. No point in stirring that up by risking disappointing box office and the media raking over the coals of the PT again. Wise choice by Kennedy to keep the SW powder dry until episode 7 and allow the team to concentrate on that.
     
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  22. DarthApprentice

    DarthApprentice Jedi Knight star 1

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    Personally, I never got into the 3D fad. I couldn't care less about the rereleases in 3D. I'm glad they're focusing more on the ST.
     
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  23. Jedi Gunny

    Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host star 9 VIP - Game Host

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    I'm not really disappointed with this news, since it allows them to spend more time on the new trilogy. The only reason I feel bad about it is that lost opportunity to see the other five movies in theaters (again for the prequels, and for the OT for the first time since I wasn't able to get to the 1997 theater re-releases), even if they were in 3D and therefor rather gimmicky.
     
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  24. The Bops

    The Bops Jedi Knight star 2

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    I'm not even going to tell you what I thought you said... (I misread the P word)

    Kinda seemed random and out of place.
     
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  25. Skelter

    Skelter Jedi Padawan star 1

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    I never cared for the 3D Star Wars myself. So it's all good.