After some vague comments from the new Star Wars director J.J. Abrams on timelines to get the new Star Wars film out by 2015, many wondered how Disney would handle the already announced 3-D versions of Star Wars Episodes II and III.
They had both been previously planned and announced, but now, they have been officially "postponed" while Lucasfilm focuses on new episodes. StarWars.com posted the below statement to confirm what had been posted at other websites:
"Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall's scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D. Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date."
The only 3-D installment to get released so far was STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE on 2/20/2012 which only grossed $43,456,382 domestically (according to BoxOfficeMojo.com) after having a rumored $100 million plus advertising campaign.
It has yet to be seen if the last two installments were shelved by Disney because of the lackluster performance of EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE or if the recently named director, J.J. Abrams had some input. My guess is a little of both and J.J coming on board was enough for them to pull the plug.