Every Star Wars fan has been eagerly waiting to see a theatrical rerelease of the unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy. A couple months ago Rogue One director Gareth Edwards said he watched a 4k restoration of Star Wars: A New Hope, so we know that it exists. The question is, does Lucasfilm have plans to release it, and if so, when would that happen?
Making Star Wars is reporting that the unaltered original trilogy could be released this year for the 40th anniversary and that it will be released in various formats. This is just a rumor, and if it’s true I imagine that Lucasfilm will make the announcement at Star Wars Celebration next month. The site says:
Over the last month the evidence and tips have been piling up that the unaltered original trilogy will be re-released this year for the 40th anniversary in various formats. Several sources have let us know it was coming and it appears to actually be on the way this time.
I have no idea if there is any truth to this rumor but I hope that it’s true. Fans have been waiting for this for years. I can’t even remember the last time I even watched the original edits of the trilogy prior to George Lucas going in and messing around with them.
We’ll find out if this rumor is true soon enough. It would be a lot of fun sharing those original films with my kids.