August 16th, 2010

Oh, Fuck Me!

LOS ANGELES (AP)-- Legendary filmmaker George Lucas announced today that he is preparing a new series of "Special Editions" of the Star Wars franchise to be presented in 3D IMAX starting in 2012.

Lucas described the films - which will be released individually on an annual basis through 2018 - as a "reimagining" of the classic movies and noted that they will contain both new characters and storylines.

"At the time when I first made "A New Hope" the studios limited me in terms of scope and budget," Lucas said. "This has kept me from exhibiting my true vision of the story for more than 30 years. Now, we have the time, money and technology to correct that."

One of the themes Lucas plans to explore with the 3D Special Editions is the politics and life of the planet of Alderan before it was blown up by the Death Star in the first of the Star Wars films.

"My feeling is that we were not able to build enough of an emotional impact into that scene the first time because the audience had no connection to the lives of the people on the planet that was destroyed," Lucas said. "I hope to correct that."

Lucas said he also plans to incorporate story lines about the descendants of Jar Jar Binks and the emotional turmoil that Boba Fett endures.

"I've always considered Jar Jar to be one of the most important characters in the series and think it's important for his story to be completed," Lucas said. "Beyond that, Boba Fett and his relationship with the Storm Troopers who share his genetic heritage has, to this point, remained undeveloped."