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Jon Favreau doubts there’s enough of an audience to release the original [non special edition] Star Wars trilogy

March 12th, 2023 by Marc Comments

If there’s one thing Star Wars fans, well the older ones like myself anyway, have wanted since the original trilogy got the special edition treatment in the 90s, it’s the release on blu-ray of the original cuts of the first three movies.

Hard to believe but the original movies have not seen a release since the DVDs back in the day and a lot of fans have been crying out for their release but, so far, Disney/Lucasfilm have refused to release them again as original creator George Lucas considered the special editions to be the definitive versions of the movies – although minor tweaks still continue to be made to this day.

While fans have believed there is an audience for these releases, Jon Favreau doesn’t seem to agree.

Now, before we go any further, personally I love the Special Editions and believe that, for the Star Wars universe to be cohesive, they needed updated at that point; however, I have the very cool bootleg Blu-rays of the original movies in my collection and, while I rarely go back to them, I still love to own them and, should there ever be an official release, I’ll be top of the line with my preorders.

Anyway, Favreau, who is the man behind The Mandalorian, Book of Boba Fett, the upcoming Skeleton Crew and more, doesn’t think there’s any need to release the originals.

“Do you think anybody but us, like, the people who grew up with it would care? Because what I figured out [is] that the younger people have a whole different perception of what Star Wars is,” Favreau says in a new interview (below) when asked if he could pull some strings to make the releases happen.

And, to be fair, it’s hard to argue with his logic for his answer, saying that other than us older folks – shut up! – who else wants the original releases? The millennials have the prequels, the gen z crowd have The Clone Wars and now there’s a whole new audience and they have a new legacy: “We were trying [with The Mandalorian] to say, ‘Hey, let’s do something that’s good for us, the people who have been around, watching these movies since they were 10 years old but also, let’s make it for people who have never seen Star Wars.”

Look, as I said, I might never watch them but I really would love the originals in my collection to go with my VHS and DVDs… and I think I’m not the only collector who feels like that.

Let me know, guys…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….