Lucasfilm Ltd President and custodian of the Star Wars series, Kathleen Kennedy has publicly stated that there will be no further alterations to the original Star Wars trilogy...
Kathleen Kennedy was talking to Steele Saunders on his podcast Steele Wars when she was asked if there were plans to restore the original theatrical versions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi.
When Kathleen Kennedy says they are his, she means George's. George made it quite clear that the 1997 Special Editions were the definitive cuts of those films, besides a few minor alterations on subsequent home video releases. It would appear that Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm Ltd. are willing to respect that.
I never really thought that Lucasfilm Ltd would make any changes to the Special Editions, at least not without George Lucas' involvement. And I'm quite relieved that this is the case. I've said for a long time that we don't really want the original versions at all, what we are actually asking for is another do over, and if that were to happen it would have to be done by George. They were, after all, his movies. His vision. And the limit of the technology of the day restricted his ability to tell his story. I think it would be enormously disrespectful for someone to go in now and change that.
I can only hope that Lucasfilm Ltd in general have learned from the outcry over the changes made to the original trilogy and try to avoid ever making the mistakes in the new films.
What do you make of Kathleen Kennedy statements? Were you secretly (or otherwise) hoping that Star Wars would be restored to its original form? Are you relieved that George's vision is being respected in this way? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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