This is my first Star Wars project. I’ll include at least a couple of Special Edition-exclusive scenes; added/updated subtitles for Chewbacca, R2-D2, Greedo, and Jabba the Hutt; and several deleted scenes (including at least a few from the Lost Cut); but the base will be the 4K version of the 1977 release. Certain scenes will, additionally, be rearranged to match the novelization more closely. I hope to have a rough cut, without any audiovisual alterations (save for the updated Greedo and Jabba subtitles and a few for Chewbacca and R2-D2, and also a rough version of an altered closing credits sequence to acknowledge certain alterations made to this cut; also, some shots sourced from the Special Edition may be regraded to more closely match the 4K version of the 1977 release, mainly for quality improvement purposes or visual enhancements that would feel appropriate, but they won’t be regrained at first, as this rough cut is mainly for assembly purposes), ready as a preview of sorts by May the 4th Be With You (International Star Wars Day), Revenge of the Fifth (or is it Sixth?), Galactic Empire Day (20 May), or May 25.
Final details, including a more complete, polished, and formal release, will be announced later.
ETA: And yes, Han WILL shoot first this time around; that’s one Special Edition alteration that isn’t making it into this cut.