It seems like every year there’s word of a forthcoming release of the original unaltered Star Wars trilogy. You know the one without George Lucas’ alterations, additions, edits, and splices? The original theatrical releases of one of the most beloved franchises in movie history. Well, with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming 40th anniversary of A New Hope, the rumor mill is filling up again as there are whispers Lucasfilm has struck a brand new 4K print of the 1977 classic.
Recent comments from Rogue One director Gareth Edwards have confirmed a 4K restoration of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope does in fact, exist. In a recent interview with Little White Lies, Edwards talks about the process of making Rogue One. Before production on his movie started, he sat down at Lucasfilm headquarters and watched the 1977 original, A New Hope in a restored 4K print.
“On day one, we were in Lucasfilm in San Francisco with Industrial Light and Magic and John Knowles, our supervisor, he said that they’ve got a brand new 4K restoration print of A New Hope – it had literally just been finished. He suggested we sit and watch it.”
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the entire Star Wars saga, which could be reason enough for many involved to get a brand new restored original out on the market. Also, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel which tells the story of how the Rebels got the plans to the Death Star, meaning many fans are going to want to watch both Rogue One and A New Hope back-to-back. As of 2015, Disney removed the 20th Century Fox logo from the beginning of the digital download releases of every single Star Wars movie, except the original film. That’s because 20th Century Fox still owns the distribution rights to A New Hope.
These are all rumors at this point, and we’ve been hearing for years about this as a possibility. But given a pretty reliable source, it’s safe to assume there is a 4K print of the original trilogy out there and that Lucas did not in fact alter the original film prints themselves.
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Source: Little White Lies