Every year or so, the internet is subjected to a round of rumors revolving around the original Star Wars trilogy. As fans know, ever since the films hit theaters in the ‘70s and ‘80s, George Lucas has set to changing them on a consistent basis. Most of the big changes occurred in the ‘90s Special Editions, and since that time, LucasFilm has kept returning to the well, making changes here and there as they see fit. They added CG, updated CG, added random rocks to shots, swapped actors and voices, and everything else in between.
So much has changed since these films first hit theaters, that, to many fans, its lost its filmmaking purity. And I have to say, I somewhat agree. Call me old-fashioned, but there is something to be said about watching an old movie and getting a taste of how filmmaking was accomplished way back when, warts and all. As such, it’s been a pipe dream of fans that we would be getting a Blu-ray edition of those original films, and it’s that kernel of hope that we tend to cling to every year.
Well, we may be able to put this whole matter to rest right now, once and for all. Speaking with the Steel Wars Podcast, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy seemed to flat-out reject the idea of every restoring those original films:
“I wouldn’t touch those, are you kidding me? (laughs) Those will always remain his.”
“His,” of course, meaning George Lucas'. Like it or not, those films are his (I never buy the idea that the films stopped being a filmmaker’s once they were released), and we may just have to live in a world where Jabba is CG, explosions cause rings, and Anakin’s Force ghost is Hayden Christensen.
But if you’re hoping this will put an end to any and all rumors surrounding a restored Original Trilogy, think again. In the same interview, Kennedy also confirmed that there are no stipulations in the deal between Lucas and Disney that says they can’t restore the originals, so there is always the possibility of that idea changing if they feel the need to make more money. So for now, I’d say don’t count on it, but you never know.