– by Joseph Jammer Medina

“Star Wars” could be in for a big surprise. In case you haven’t heard yet, last Friday, Empire Magazine posted a couple of tweets, claiming that Disney will be releasing the original, untouched theatrical editions of the original “Star Wars” trilogy that began with “A New Hope” in 1977.

The tweets read as follows:

The full quote from director John Landis comes courtesy of Collider:

“First of all, they wouldn’t let me. George owns his movies, so he can do what he wants … My personal opinion is George hurt his movies by doing what he did. However, George said to me, ‘But they’re my movies.’ I thought, ‘That’s fair.’
Did you know Disney, by the way, is putting out the original Star Wars the way it was? So, Disney, they’re like, money on the floor.”

There has been no official word from Disney on the matter as of this point, so we can’t quite celebrate just yet. After all, this isn’t the first time rumor of the unaltered versions have surfaced. However, considering the undoubted success that “The Force Awakens” is bound to be, Disney would be silly not to somehow capitalize on its success, right? Only recently did they release the series in digital format, so it wouldn’t make sense to throw it out on Blu-ray just yet, but some point next year would make perfect sense. Not only would it capitalize on “The Force Awakens,” but it’ll also go a long way to get people excited for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which is set to come out December 2016.

It’s worth noting that while Disney does own Lucasfilm, and by extension, the “Star Wars” property, they do NOT own the rights to the original trilogy. Fox owns those bad boys until 2020, and they own “A New Hope” in perpetuity (a.k.a. forever–there’s no way they’d give them up). That being said, I highly doubt that Fox is open to leaving money on the table for no reason, so maybe they managed to make a deal to make it worth Fox’s while. After all, they did manage to strike some kind of deal for the digital collection.

What do you think? Is this real or is John Landis just misinformed? Let us know your thoughts below!

SOURCE: Empire Magazine, Collider

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.