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The Phantom Menace Celebrates 25 Years With a Return to Theaters

The Star Wars fandom acquired right into a tizzy earlier this week when Empire Magazine teased one thing. Somewhat than being a have a look at the future of the franchise—like say, The Acolyte, Andor, or Unhealthy Batch—it was all in regards to the previous. Due to Empire, we’re going again to the Prequels, babyyyyyyyy!

As a part of its bigger cowl story for the second set of Star Wars motion pictures, Empire’s revealed that Episode I: The Phantom Menace will likely be making its manner again to theaters for a restricted time, beginning on Might 3. The (chronologically) first Star Wars film is 25 this yr, and like Return of the Jedi final yr, Disney’s marking the event by placing it again on the large display. Additionally like Return and Empire Strikes Back’s respective fortieth anniversaries, there’s a model new poster from artist Matt Ferguson, which you’ll see beneath. At time of writing, Disney hasn’t put the poster will likely be up on the market.

Picture: Matt Ferguson/Lucasfilm

The Phantom Menace initially launched on Might 16, 1999. Again then, its huge cliam to fame was being the primary new film since Return in 1983. Again then, the collection was saved alive with comics, the Expanded Universe novels, and video video games, which made the propsect of going again to Darth Vader’s origin thrilling. And the tip consequence…was not what older followers actually wished. Whereas there was actually stuff to understand just like the visible results, John Williams rating, and that battle between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul, every thing else wasn’t hitting fairly as a lot. However it made some huge cash—initially $924.3 million, then an additional $102.7 million with a 3D reissue in 2012, bringing it as much as $1.027 billion.

In 2019, we requested followers at Star Wars Celebration their emotions on Phantom, and plenty of have been appreciative of what the movie was attempting to do. The Prequels have step by step gotten a re-examination within the final decade, so for individuals who haven’t seen the movie in a really very long time, this re-release is an effective alternative to get in on that. In any case, it’s not like it will possibly get worse in any case this time.


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