It appears that the six-year plan to release the newly-3D-rendered Star Wars sextet one film per year has changed. -- At least when it comes to prequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It has been announced that the latter two prequels will be released on September 20, 2013 and October 11, 2013 respectively.
While this past February's re-release of the often-maligned first prequel entry, The Phantom Menace turned-in a respectable $533.8 million worldwide gross, it was hardly the lucrative, swag-selling pop-culture tsunami that some at Lucasfilm may have been anticipating.
The two follow-ups will now be relegated to quick back-to-back releases next Fall before theaters prepare for the main event in these 3D re-releases: The original trilogy, beginning with the 1977 film that started it all known as A New Hope. (Perhaps in 2014 if the schedule remains on track.)
Do you think this is evidence pointing to where the prequels stand to audiences? Or, is it an indicator that the younger crowds who actually prefer those films are more content to watch them at home in two dimensions?