Disney doesn't give someone 4 billion dollars and then allow that person to continue making business decisions for them. Yet there are people here, in the above article, and all over TFN who think he's still part of the franchise.
It's likely there were conditions attached to that $4B, such as never releasing the rights to original IV in any better format than the current GOUT whilst GL is still alive.
Difficult to understand why GL is still so resistant to an original IV release in the best possible quality as many, many Blurays have theatrical, director's, unrated, etc cuts coexisting quite happily; plus the GOUT was released (albeit in crippled quality).
Does anyone know why the Technicolor print can't be used for a 4k original IV release? Is it only because of rights issues and the fact there are so few copies, or was it actually a "perverted" form of the original already?