Lucas On Star Wars Updates: It's "Just A Movie"

George Lucas has made an awful lot of money out of Star Wars, and while he's still quite fanatical about his vision for the films, he's nowhere near as fanatical as his fans are, according to the man himself. Also, Han totally always shot first. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas explains his theory behind the recent 3D conversion of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, stating that it's just a 3D shift of the Blu-Ray version

My job is to try to make the best possible movie it can be — and the current version is the Blu-ray version. That’s the one that’s been made into 3D. But it’s just a conversion. We haven’t made any changes other than the 3D.

Still, he's not concerned about changes:

Changes are not unusual — I mean, most movies when they release them they make changes. But somehow, when I make the slightest change, everybody thinks it’s the end of the world.

...it’s not a religious event. I hate to tell people that. It’s a movie, just a movie. The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom.

So now you know. I'm sure that will settle the issue once and for all. [Hollywood Reporter] Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images


Comments

    I don't mind tidying up special effects and stuff... That I actually applaud... Changing contect for the sake of it that could have already been in the original is a bit ' hows your mothers chooks' though.

      Agree. Like who cares if they had a different actor play Annikin's ghost. You didn't need to swap it out with the new guy. And keep the old puppets in there they looked great. now all the CGI looks out of place.
      They are my biggest issues :P
      That and the fact he won't make any more movies but will regurgitate the same crap into 3D to keep up his royalties coming in.

    Its funny that he says it is not religious event. I would argue that a movie is just as real as a religious experience.

      Quoted for truth bud. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that the pseudo religion of Jedi is far more peace loving than ANY real religion on earth.

    I still wish there was a version that put in subtitles and removed jar-Jar's annoying voice.

      The subtitles would still sound the same for me because I will never get rid of the lasting effect that Jah Jah has had on me... It is like hearing 'Barbie Girl' on the radio... by accident... and then hoping for 'Ice Ice Baby'... It is temporary insanity.

    We can solve this by having Lucas releasing the SDK kit. Then we can make the movie any way we want ;)

    Han shot first. Evidence in question: http://latimes.image2.trb.com/lanews/media/photo/2008-05/39347923.jpg

    It WAS just a movie, back when he made it. Now it's sort of a weird cultural landmark. It's funny that he doesn't realise this. It made his career and fortune afterall.

    I think the biggest issue with CGI stuff is that isn't simply not as good. You need artists of exceptional ability to make that stuff fit as well as real effects. It's passable when you haven't had the real thing to compare it to, but since you do in this case and the CGI artists aren't up to the task (in most cases, not all), it just fails.

    George Lucas, change the movies as much as you like but please do either 8 or 16k transfer of the theatrical versions of all the movies and release them on BluRay.

    Do what ever you want but give me a proper BD release of the Star Wars movies.

      To clarify - I meant a 8 or 16k transfer, remaster, etc..

    Han a cold blooded killer? Lucas, his LIFE WAS IN DANGER.
    That's called PROTECTING YOURSELF. Idiot.

      What? His wife?

    Lucas has been liening to himself for so long that he is starting to think it's the truth.

    "Changes are not unusual — I mean, most movies when they release them they make changes. But somehow, when I make the slightest change, everybody thinks it’s the end of the world."

    Right, because every other film has had entire characters swapped out with other actors years after the film was released.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqeOKkgsiLo

    Not that Jaba changing between human or slug made a lot of sense, but it's hardly the norm for such transitions to occur

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    It amuses me people whinge over HIS movies.

      You laugh a lot at fart jokes too?

      Non one "whinges over HIS movies".
      People are rightly annoyed about some old idiot ruining cultural landmarks.
      You and Lucas seem to forget that film is a collaborative process that has hundreds of people working on them to produce the final product. And for these Lucas had less and less input as those three original films were made.

      They weren't "his" movies at all. He was just a part of them. Now he has full control though so he does what he likes. If he'd have had that control originally no one would care now because he would've made pure crap.

    This might be exactly what Lucas problem is; he has always looked at his movies as money makers, not cultural phenomena.

    If it's just a movie, shouldn't he release the updates for free. Oh wait he doesn't mind price gouging the fans with new editions and merchandise for his product. Seems in his old age he doesn't like having his work critiqued especially when he messes up other directors work.

    He should also accept its been almost 40 years since the concept begun and many great writers have developed this narrative yet George seems to live in the bubble of his own head.

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