Read George Lucas' Original Plan For The STAR WARS Prequels Back In 1981
A book promo for J.W. Rinzler's upcoming The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi reveals a transcript of George Lucas’ 1980s story conference with Star Wars alums Richard Marquand, Lawrence Kasdan, and Howard Kazanjian. The outline is basically Lucas' original idea for a series of Star Wars prequel films, and while the overall character arcs for Anakin and Obi Wan are pretty much the same and they both end up where they did in the movies we got, how they get there is a little different. Might the prequels have been stronger if Lucas had stuck to his original plan? Have a read and sound off in the usual place.
George Lucas' Star Wars prequels are pretty much regarded as being...not too great. But had the director stuck to his early plans for them could they have turned out better? Check out a transcript of Lucas' original pitch after the jump.
“Well, anyway, Luke’s father gets subverted by the Emperor. He gets a little weird at home and his wife begins to figure out that things are going wrong and she confides in Ben, who is his mentor. On his missions through the galaxies, Anakin has been going off doing his Jedi thing and a lot of Jedi have been getting killed—and it’s because they turn their back on him and he cuts them down. The president is turning into an Emperor and Luke’s mother suspects that something has happened to her husband. She is pregnant. Anakin gets worse and worse, and finally Ben has to fight him and he throws him down into a volcano and Vader is all beat up.
Now, when he falls into the pit, his other arm goes and his leg and there is hardly anything left of him by the time the Emperor’s troops fish him out of the drink. Then when Ben finds out that Vader has been fished out and is in the hands of the Empire, he is worried about it. He goes back to Vader’s wife and explains that Anakin is the bad guy, the one killing all the Jedi.
When he goes back his wife, Mrs. Skywalker has had the kids, the twins, so she has these two little babies who are six months old or so. So everybody has to go into hiding. The Skywalker line is very strong with the Force, so Ben says, ‘I think we should protect the kids, because they may be able to help us right the wrong that your husband has created in the universe.’ And so Ben takes one and gives him to a couple out there on Tatooine and he gets his little hideout in the hills and he watches him grow. Ben can’t raise Luke himself, because he’s a wanted man. Leia and Luke’s mother go to Alderaan and are taken in by the king there, who is a friend of Ben’s. She dies shortly thereafter and Leia is brought up by her foster parents. She knows that her real mother died.”
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