Today we learned that Star Wars Episode VII would indeed be released in December as was earlier reported months back. The rumors are now truth and the December 18, 2015 release date has been set in stone. But there is another question circulating around Star Wars fans and it’s if the film will be released in 3D.
So far there has been no official word on whether or not the film will be released in 3D and it wasn’t mentioned in the press release from Disney and Lucasfilm about the release date. There have been rumblings that the film will be shot and released in IMAX but we need to get closer to the production start date to really get excited about that.
BleedingCool threw in an off-hand comment that the film will be released in 3D. This isn’t a report or a sourced tip, rather it’s likely what’s going to happen if you consider both this history of Disney, Star Wars and the direction of movie making today.
Disney, like most major studios, releases most of their films in 3D as it basically doubles your money at the box office. This can likely be expected with Star Wars Episode VII not only because it’s Disney but because Star Wars was already started coming out in 3D.
The 2012 release of The Phantom Menace was supposed to be the start of the 3D re-releases of each film, but after George Lucas sold the rights to the franchise to Disney, those plans were scrapped and all attention was shifted to the new Star Wars content strategy.
So combine these two things and mix in what seems to be industry standard, and you arrive at Star Wars Episode VII being released in both 2D and 3D. Don’t expect it to be shot in 3D though, but do expect to see it released in the format.