I have absolutely, positively, I respect these people utterly, no problems with those who are reconstructing the original Star Wars movie frame by frame because George Lucas is a frustrated would-be auteur who can’t stand the fact that he will go down in movie history for creating the greatest space opera of his century. But the man is a would-be auteur who got bought out by the Mouse. For an insane amount of money – and if Disney didn’t lock down the redistribution rights to George Lucas’s cocktail napkin scribbles in the process, well, I can’t believe that Disney didn’t do that.
So, here’s how it can play out:.
- Disney collectively realizes that enough people will pay cash money for the original Star Wars trilogy to justify a DVD set.
- Disney collectively realizes that those same people will visibly not care if Disney breaks George Lucas’s hands if that’s what it takes to get access to the original footage.
- Disney releases the dang movies.
- George Lucas whines about it, and goes back to obsessively trying to edit his epic space operas into something that doesn’t burn his soul.
I think that this is reasonable.
Via… hrm. :clickety click click: Ah, Hot Air Headlines.