George Lucas defends ‘Star Wars’ changes

Director says 'everybody thinks it the end of the world' when he tinkers with his films

George Lucas has defended himself from fans’ criticism for making changes to Star Wars.

The director, who recently converted Episode 1: The Phantom Menace into a 3D version which was re-released on February 9, told the Hollywood Reporter that he felt he received undue criticism for tinkering with his classic sci-fi series.

He said:

Changes are not unusual. I mean, most movies when they release them they make changes. But somehow, when I make the slightest change, everybody think it’s the end of the world.

Lucas also made reference to the backlash he experienced when he replaced the puppet version of the character Yoda with a CGI model for the Blu-Ray re-release of The Phantom Menace in September last year.

Star Wars fans had threatened to boycott the saga in protest, but Lucas claimed that the change benefited the film, adding: “We tired to do Yoda in CGI in Episode 1…, but we just couldn’t get it done in time.

“We couldn’t get the technology to work, so we had to use the puppet, but the puppet really wasn’t as good as the CGI. So when we did the reissue, we had to put the CGI back in, which was what it was meant to be.”

Earlier this month (February 8), Lucas claimed that he wanted to return to his “avant-garde” roots. He said: “I’ve made enough money so I can finance it all myself. I don’t have to worry or answer to anybody and I can just do whatever I want.”