It's a busy Monday over at the Mouse House, as Disney -- running full steam ahead following the announcement that J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars: Episode VII -- has opted to halt those 3D rereleases of the six Star Wars movies, citing its commitment to moving forward on the sequels and only the sequels. Originally Lucasfilm had announced 3D rereleases of all six Star Wars movies, beginning with The Phantom Menace, with one dropping every year starting in 2012. The Phantom Menace, however, didn't exactly clean house at the box office ($23 million domestic), and so we imagine that played a factor in the decision not to rerelease the others in 3D.
What's interesting about the Deadline story reporting this is that it specifically mentions there being no more 3D rereleases of the prequel movies (ie: Episodes II and III), but didn't say anything about the original trilogy, which was supposed to follow the prequels. Could Disney and Lucasfilm still be planning to rerelease those three movies as we inch closer to Episode VII, perhaps as some sort of marathon leading up to the next sequel? That's what makes the most sense. While folks will likely lump all six films under the "prequel" title, it'll benefit Disney to play with theatrical rereleases of the original movies, either in 3D or not, right before Episode VII hits theaters in either 2015 or 2016. Expect this story not to end here.
In other news, Disney has officially announced a new title for that secret Damon Lindelof/Brad Bird movie 1952, revealing that the movie will be called Tomorrowland and star George Clooney. While we still don't know what it's about (see an image of the mystery box below, tweeted recently by Bird and Lindeof and containing items that may be related to the movie), the title does tell us that, like Pirates of the Caribbean, the movie will directly tie into an aspect of the park itself. Does this mean it'll be a time-travel movie? With Lindelof writing alongside Bird, that's very possible, especially seeing as the genre is hot right now.
According to Disney, Tomorrowland will hit theaters on December 14, 2014 with Brad Bird directing. Does this mystery box reveal any additional answers?
What do you think Tomorrowland is about?
[via Deadline, Disney]