Star Wars is beginning to get lonely at the top of the “franchises that need to come to Blu-ray” list. With the release of The Lord of the Rings trilogy this month, it leaves George Lucas’ six-film anthology set in a galaxy far, far away as the one big geek property yet to be transferred into high definition. Of course, there are questions. Will the Blu-ray include the original theatrical versions of episodes four through six? Will George Lucas make any more creative choices that will enrage fans to the point of countless documentaries about fandom scorned?
For the moment, we have none of these answers. We do, however, have information from Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations (what a cool-ass, yet stressful job that must be). He spoke this past weekend at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) about Star Wars and its Blu-ray future.
“We have been at work for a couple of years working on – I won’t call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff – but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material,” Sansweet told IGN. “We’re finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures.”
Despite speculation from various Blu-ray beats saying that they are targeting an October 2011 release, Stansweet would not confirm any time frame. He did say that “it won’t be in the too distant future.”
Speaking of the not too distant future. Stansweet also commented to IGN on the rumors about all six Star Wars films being re-released in 3D: “George has publicly expressed an interest in doing Star Wars 3D. Right now there are a number of different technologies, there’s some criticism out there about some of the movies that have quickly changed to 3D, so you have to pick the right technology, you have to get it to a cost that makes sense, and you have to have the time of the director and producer — George — to actually go in there, because you can’t push a button and stuff goes in one end and comes out 3D…
“Saying all that, George remains very interested in doing the Star Wars movies, all six, in 3D, and I hope it will happen someday in the not too distant future.”