When Disney bought LucasFilm for $4 billion nearly two years ago, that allowed Disney to develop Star Wars: Episode VII and the sequels and spin-offs that will follow it, but the original Star Wars trilogy that started it all is still owned by 20th Century Fox. There are many fans who are hoping that Disney's LucasFilm purchase would lead the studio to re-release the original, non-Special Edition versions of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. If a new ad for an Italian Disney website is to be believed, that may be happening.
FilmDivider came across an ad for Disney.it that boasts fans can watch content from Disney films on their laptops and mobile devices, which includes footage from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. While the video is in Italian, a translation has been provided below.
"Enter Disney's magical world, with the brand new site Disney.it. All your favorite Disney characters await you, including the most engaging TV series and plenty of exclusive videos and content. Amazing apps and games and a online community to share your passions. All of this, simply from any PC, tablets or smartphones. Carry the Disney's magic always on you."
Of course, nothing has been confirmed by LucasFilm, Disney or 20th Century Fox about the re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy. It isn't clear if 20th Century Fox and Disney are, in fact, trying to work out some sort of a deal that would involve the original trilogy's re-release, but if that does happen, the announcement would likely send Star Wars fandom into a frenzy possibly on par with the original Star Wars: Episode VII announcement.
Still, there is likely a lot of red tape standing between the fans and these beloved movies, so don't expect this to happen anytime soon.
It also isn't known if this Italian website will provide the entire movies, or just select clips from the Disney library, with the latter appearing to be the more viable option, but it's worth noting that the Digital market is growing while Blu-ray and DVD sales are dwindling. Disney already has a service that allows fans to watch content from their laptops, tablets, mobile phones and other devices called Disney Movies Anywhere, which is the studio's own version of UltraViolet, a Cloud-based service that allows fans the same accessibility to their movies from a multitude of devices. If Disney were able to secure the original Star Wars trilogy for their Disney Movies Anywhere, it would surely be a huge boost to the service as they continue to compete with UltraViolet.
The Special Edition versions of the original trilogy are still widely disliked among fans, with several changes that were made from the theatrical presentations. Ever since the Special Editions were released, fans have been hoping that these un-edited Star Wars movies may finally see the light of day again. We'll have to wait and see if that actually happens, but in the meantime, take a look at this Italian ad that gives fans a new hope for the original, un-edited trilogy re-release.