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Lucasfilm postpones 3D release of 'Star Wars' prequels

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Lucasfilm isn’t kidding in its aim to pour all of its efforts – every fiber of the Force, every ounce of Stormtrooper chutzpah – into its revival of the Star Wars franchise. It’s even pushing back scheduled 3-D re-releases of prequels Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

“Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Episodes II and III in 3D,” said the studio in a statement Monday to EW. “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.”

Lucasfilm, bought by The Walt Disney Co. for $4.05 billion in October 2012, has revved up buzz for its new franchise film Star Wars: Episode VII, scheduled for a 2015 release, with the recent announcement that J.J. Abrams will helm the movie being written by Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt.

Star Wars prequel Episode II: Attack of the Clones originally hit theaters in 2002 and prequel Episode III: Revenge of the Sith landed on screens in 2005. Prequel Episode I: The Phantom Menace, originally in theaters in 1999, was re-released in 3-D last February.

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