As part of Star Wars Celebration VI, the official Star Wars Facebook page has announced that Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith will receive the 3D conversion treatment for back-to-back re-releases in 2013. It’s hardly a surprising move on Lucasfilm’s part, given that this year’s 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace grossed over $100m, pushing the much-derided opening chapter of George Lucas’ space saga beyond the $1 billion mark and back into the top ten highest-grossing films of all time.
Originally, it was thought that Lucasfilm would aim for annual releases for the other chapters of the Star Wars saga, but with the two remaining instalments of the Prequel Trilogy both arriving next year, it’s surely not too much of a stretch of the imagination to see A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi all following quick succession in 2014, a la 1997’s Special Edition re-releases of the Original Trilogy.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones will hit cinemas on September 20th, 2013, with Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith arriving on October 11th, 2013. For more Star Wars news coming out of Celebration VI, check out the first trailer and clips from Star Wars Detours, an upcoming animated comedy series from Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.