Although the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace wasn’t quite as successful as some had predicted it would be, it appears that it was at least profitable enough for Lucasfilm to follow through with 3D conversions of the other two prequels. They have, however, modified their release plans slightly. It now appears that the wait between the two releases will be a lot shorter than initially expected, as this week Lucasfilm announced that 3D versions of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith will both hit theatres in 2013 with just one month between them. While this isn’t the most exciting Star Wars-related announcement we could have hoped for, the implication is that they are also trying to push 3D versions of the original trilogy into theatres sooner rather than later.
The announcement was made at Star Wars Celebration last week and then relayed via the official Star Wars Facebook page. Attack of the Clones 3D will hit theatres on September 20th, 2013, while Revenge of the Sith 3D will follow on October 11th. Although audience interest in 3D conversions seems to be on the decline, the fact that these two movies were shot on digital theoretically makes them more conducive to 3D effects. That being said, we all know that the original trilogy is what everyone is waiting for.
In other Star Wars news, the previously announced Lucasfilm / Seth Green collaboration has finally been unveiled. The animated comedy series is called Star Wars Detours, and it focuses on “the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems.” Yeah, I can’t say I have much interest in this, but if you were a fan of the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials, then perhaps this is something you’ll want to watch for. Star Wars Detours is expected to debut on the Cartoon Network later this year; check out the trailer below and see what you think.