Star Wars: 4K Restoration Of A New Hope Coming?

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards may have let slip the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 4K resolution.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars A New Hope

In recent memory there doesn’t seem to be a big movie franchise comeback quite as successful as the current Star Wars one continues to be. Last year, the seventh episodic addition to the film series arrived in the form of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and more recently the first anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was released to rave reviews and took in a huge chunk of cash at the box office.

But, the success of the new Star Wars films is built upon the beloved original trilogy launched by George Lucas with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Now, it may have been revealed that one of the original Star Wars trilogy movies is going to get the re-release treatment, after being restored in full 4K definition.

Speaking to Little White Lies in an exclusive new interview, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards explained:

“On day one, we were in Lucasfilm in San Francisco with Industrial Light and Magic and John Knoll, our supervisor, he said that they’ve got a brand new 4K restoration print of A New Hope – it had literally just been finished. He suggested we sit and watch it. Obviously, I was up for that.”

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars A New Hope

Despite Edwards revealed there is a restored 4K copy of A New Hope floating around, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be made available for public consumption. The film could be a project of passion for everybody at Lucasfilm and a little nugget of something special for those who get involved behind-the-scenes.

Whether or not that would be a bad thing is up to the fans. There’s a certain magic to watching the old Star Wars trilogy and enjoying it for what it is. Whilst the special effects and CGI certainly aren’t up to scratch with modern day technology, that’s all part of the original trilogy’s charm. The grainy film takes viewers right back to the period in which they were initially released – couldn’t that be a good thing?

With that being said, many Star Wars fans will likely be intrigued by the prospect of seeing all the original trilogy movies in 4K definition. Whether that starts with A New Hope - which would no doubt be successful with collectors and super-fans – and then moves on to the rest of the movies in the franchise would be entirely Lucasfilm’s decision. There could be a whole slew of 4K Star Wars releases in the pipeline we don’t know about; wouldn’t that be a treat?

Source: Little White Lies

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