The real reason Why the Star Wars 3D Films were canceled
Back in 2012, before prices such as Sony and Disney’s shared use of Spider-Man, it just didn’t seem possible — and maybe it still would be, had Disney not finished its $71.3 billion purchase of Fox in 2019.
While the plans for a 3D library of the complete Star Wars saga never came to fruition, The Phantom Menace‘s 3D launch sparked a rumor that Lucasfilm had secretly stashed away a 3D version of Episode IV: A New Hope, a.k.a. the original Star Wars. Viewing the prequel trilogy, which featured relatively contemporary effects (and earned considerably less fan and critical acclaim), may not have seemed attractive to the franchise’s core fanbase who publicly revered the’70s and’80s originals. But viewing the trio of Luke, Leia, and Han take on Darth Vader in the format might have been something special if it was part of a rather exhausting 3D fad that was gripping Hollywood at the time.
The occurrence of such a version, however, was disproven. While Lucas did really convert the remaining two films in the prequel trilogy, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, because of the timing of the $4 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, it is probably A New Hope didn’t have a full 3D conversion yet. As it turns out, making it happen would have been quite complicated. At that time, 20th Century Fox still owned the distribution rights to the original six films, meaning any additional 3D conversions could be done by the VFX wizards at Industrial Light & Magic, but the launch would have had to be hashed out by Fox and Disney.