John Dykstra is a special effects superstar who won both an Oscar and an MPAA scientific and engineering award in 1978 for his work on Star Wars. You'd think that George Lucas tinkering with his work would have Dykstra in a tizzy. But as it turns out ... nope. He's A-OK with it.
In fact, he's more than okay.
MovieWeb quoted Dykstra as saying:
"God love him! He should tweak it until his heart's content. You never finish a movie. It is always pried from your grasping hands. There is always something you can fix."
Despite fan outrage at George Lucas' altering Star Wars even more than he's done in the past, professionals are likely envious of him. The Internet is rife with interviews of filmmakers and actors who would have liked more time and a larger budget to work with. Now Lucas is making the film he wants to make ... retroactively.
It seems as if Dykstra has no hard feelings against Lucas: According to Wikipedia, the two had a legal dispute after Dykstra began to work on the first Battlestar Galactica series. Later, "[Dykstra's] fledgling visual effects house, Apogee, Inc., consisted of several ILM employees who did not want to relocate to San Francisco from Van Nuys, and used whatever equipment Lucas had left behind. Lucas attempted to get an injunction against Apogee to prevent the company from using what he considered to be his equipment to work on a project that was in direct competition to the Star Wars films."
Dykstra went on to say, "Does it always make it better? Mmm ...That is questionable."
We'll know the answer as soon as we see the Blu-ray version of the Star Wars saga when it's released on Sept. 16, 2011.