Five Things That Almost Happened in the Star Wars Franchise
The Star Wars franchise is continually creating new material. Every year there’s a new movie. Then of course there’s all the comics, books, TV. shows and games that are produced. I’m not complaining, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan, but with so much new material being put together, it’s hardly surprising that new ideas come and go more frequently than Jabba’s dancing girls.
Here’s 5 things that ALMOST happened in the Star Wars Universe…
5: Padme Betrays Anakin
In late 2016, Iain McCaig (illustrator for George Lucas) spoke at the Academy of Art University and people have been catching on to some of the comments he made about possible story arcs from the prequels. Perhaps the most interesting were his comments regarding Padme in Episode III.
He talked about a lot of ideas he’d pitched for Revenge of the Sith, one of which was about Padme secretly plotting against Anakin. He elaborated further by revealing that Padme knew Anakin was becoming a monster and that every time he was away, she’d work with the Separatists thus sowing the seeds of the Rebel Alliance. It would’ve culminated on Mustifar with Anakin and Padme embracing. Padme would then hold a knife to the new Sith Lord’s throat. McCaig said “that in the end, Padme wouldn’t be able to kill her husband and events would have played out mostly the way we got to see them”.
This alternative subplot would have been a great additional bridge to A New Hope and could have explained where Leia got some of her rebellious spirit.
4: Rogue One Survives
Months before the release of Rogue One, there were frequent reports about multiple re-shoots of the movie. This created all kinds of crazy theories as to what may have caused such huge changes to the impending film.
The evidence of these revisions becomes clearer if you compare the finished product to the trailers. In one, you hear lines that weren’t heard in the final version. Saw Gerrera was bald, we saw a TIE Fighter stand-off on the communication tower on Scarif and in some of the promo images, you got to see Jyn Erso on the beach with the Death Star plans.
The movie was originally planned to be a little more upbeat than the version we got to see. Worried that Disney wouldn’t agree to an ending where everyone dies, Gareth Edwards shot a version with Jyn and Cassian escaping from Scarif.
Will we ever get to see the alternate ending? Who can say, but knowing the Star Wars franchise, I’m betting that we’ll get a ‘”Special Edition” sometime in the future.
Star Wars: 1313 was a third-person action/adventure game that was in development, but was cancelled in 2013 due to the Disney buyout. Players would have got to explore the depths of Coruscant’s lower levels as a mysterious bounty hunter (eventually revealed to be Boba Fett), while trying to unravel a criminal conspiracy.
Sounds awesome, right?
While Disney has brought Star Wars back in full force, you can’t help but mourn for the loss of some unfinished projects. Although a couple of minutes game-play and a few cut scenes exist online, fans have missed out on experiencing the darker side of the city planet and what those metal caverns hide. All hope is not lost however. During an interview with Slashfilm in 2015, Kathleen Kennedy revealed that they’ve been looking into the possibility of bringing back two projects: 1313 and another look at the darker side of the Star Wars universe…
2. Star Wars: Underworld
When I first became aware of Star Wars: Underworld, it blew my mind that I hadn’t heard of it before. If this is the first time you’re learning about it, be warned: although the idea behind it is incredibly exciting , it could also make you a little sad to know it never came to pass.
This live action Star Wars TV series was being worked on by Lucas himself from around 2005 to 2013. It was going to be set between Episodes III and IV and was to focus on “the greasy, steamy underbelly of Star Wars”.
The series was originally budgeted at 2 to 4 million dollars per episode and was going to use many of the original actors from the prequel trilogy. Many famous characters were hinted at being involved in the project, including a young Boba Fett, Daniel Logan who played Boba in Attack of the Clones even underwent physical training with Ray Park to reprise his role.
In my opinion, the truly staggering aspect of this possible Star Wars series is that there were 400 episodes pitched and 100 written. Money began to dry up as pre-production went on and then of course the Disney buy-out transpired.
Little is known about the status of this series, but it’s a shame that we may never see the show once described as “Empire on steroids” by producer Rick McCallum.
1. The Star Wars
According to contemporary reports, everything about the making of A New Hope was a struggle. Direction was constantly being changed due to a small production budget and very few people actually believed in the project.
As you can imagine, some of the original drafts were a little different than the Episode IV we know and love, but did you know that the original concept for the film was almost unrecognisable?
The first working title for the movie was called ‘”Adventures of Luke Starkiller as Taken From the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars”.
The original scripts included differences such as Han Solo as a green alien (complete with gills), Luke as an old war veteran and Darth Vader without a helmet known as General Vader. There was also a central character named Annikin Starkiller.
Unfortunately, we’ll never get to see the original version of the story on film, but it is possible to get a good idea of how it could have looked by reading the Dark Horse comic “The Star Wars”. This eight part series gives a great visual reference to all the differences between the two versions of A New Hope and is a must-read for all die hard Star Wars fans.
Which story line do you prefer? Do you think the original version would have been more interesting. Is the movie we now know a poor substitute for the original vision?
We’d love hear your opinions, so feel free to leave a comment in the box below and as always, MTFBWY.
Written by Tyler Bucks