The Phantom Menace Celebrates 25 Years With a Return to Theaters


THE Star Wars fandom went into a tizzy earlier this week when Empire Magazine teased something. Rather than looking the future of the franchise – as say, The Acolyte, Andor, Or Bad batch– it was all about the past. Thanks to Empire, we return to the Prequels, babyyyyyyyy!

As part of its wider cover story for the second series of Star Wars movies, the Empire revealed that Episode I: The Phantom Menace will return to theaters for a limited time, starting May 3. The (chronologically) first Star Wars the film is 25 years old this year, and like Return of the Jedi last year, Disney marked the occasion by bringing it back to the big screen. Also as Back And The Empire Strikes Back For their respective 40th anniversaries, there's a brand new poster from artist Matt Ferguson, which you can see below. As of this writing, Disney has yet to release the poster for sale.

Picture: Matt Ferguson/Lucasfilm

The Phantom Menace originally released on May 16, 1999. At the time, its big claim to fame was being the first new film since Back in 1983. At the time, the series was kept alive with comic books, expanded universe novels, and video games, making the prospect of a return to Darth Vader's origins exciting. And the end result… wasn't really what the older fans wanted. While there were certainly things to like like the visual effects, John Williams' score, and that fight between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul, everything else wasn't as effective. But it made a lot of money: $924.3 million originally, then another $102.7 million with a 3D re-release in 2012, bringing it to $1.027 billion.

In 2019, we asked fans to Star Wars Party their feelings about Ghost, and many appreciated what the film was trying to do. The Prequels gradually acquired a new exam over the last decade, so for those who haven't seen the film in a very long time, this re-release is a good opportunity to dive into it. After all, it's not like it could happen worse after all this time.


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