George Lucas tinkers with Star Wars again
Well, George Lucas just can't stop tweaking his Star Wars series. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the veteran filmmaker revealed that for the new 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (in theaters this Friday), he replaced scenes of a puppet Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) with a CGI version of the elderly Jedi mentor.
Lucas states that he originally intended Yoda to be digital for the 1999 film, but, despite numerous other characters being CGI, it just wasn't working out for getting the green little guy onto the screen, and he reverted to having the puppet instead. While this move does make the film more consistent with the two subsequent movies, where Yoda is 100% computer-generated, it does makes you wonder if Lucas will ever stop altering the six feature installments in the iconic sci-fi franchise. Of course, we all know he should've just edited out every instance of Jar Jar Binks, and Menace would be a vastly improved production.
|Official Phantom Menace 3D trailer|