Dear Mr. Lucas,
I would like to thank you for your tremendous contributions to the entertainment industry. Star Wars has a legacy of fans that will truly transcend time and space, and Indiana Jones will forever be a timeless treasure. It seems that you truly want to please your fans with films like Star Wars I, II & III. And it seems you continued to try and make your fans happy with the digitally remastered original Star Wars Trilogy that included unfortunate CGI rendered extended scenes. You teamed up with Mr. Spielberg to make Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which, I assume, was supposed to make fans of that franchise happy as well.
You’ve been met with criticism for your choices lately. Your decision to use CGI characters over the more expensive old school animatronics was met with harsh criticism. Fans weren’t shy about their hatred of JarJar Binks in Episode I and South Park devoted an entire episode to Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, implying that you and Spielberg were “raping the franchise” for money. Now I see you are re-releasing Star Wars Episode I- The Phantom Menace into theaters in 3-D and I’m unfortunately not surprised. After all, isn’t Disney doing the same thing with Beauty and the Beast?
While part of me thinks seeing Darth Maul swing his lightsaber in 3-D would be beyond awesome, another part wonders if this is simply an effort to milk more money out of an already successful franchise. Will the 3-D be realistically used throughout the film as a means to enhance an already iconic experience? Or will we once again be subjected to the same old 3-D tricks that are used as a means to jack up the ticket price? Are you doing this for the money or for the fans? I suppose you’re the only one who knows the answer to that.
Mr. Lucas, I hope when you make the decisions to alter your already popular films you are honestly doing it for the right reason…the fans. Your fans have been very good to you. They’ve supported you and spoiled you in a way only sci-fi fans can, with unbridled adulation. And despite your repeated application of new-fangled Hollywood gimmicks to your beloved films, the fans have stood by you. They’ve forgiven you for JarJar Binks, CGI Jabba the Hut, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For you are the man who gave them Princess Leia in the Slave Girl costume. Please don’t make us have to forgive you again.