Until J.J. Abrams got the nod, one of the strongest candidates for the director’s chair for Star Wars Episode VII was Brad Bird. After helming The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Bird is firmly recognized as one of the foremost talents of the Hollywood trade, which makes an interesting question occur: Exactly how might Return of the Jedi had been different if Brad Bird directed it?
The question was answered by Patton Oswalt in a recent interview on Esquire. The comedian, who was featured as the lead voice in Ratatouille, was talking about his early career, and the conversation, as most conversations with Patton Oswalt do, turned to Star Wars. Oswalt was reference a conversation he had with Bird, and offered the following:
I was talking with [director] Brad Bird one time, and he said it’s like the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Luke shows up and he’s a badass. He said they should’ve opened it with Luke in the swamp saying to Yoda, “You said ‘Don’t go.’ I said ‘Fuck you, I’m gonna go help my friends.’ I went and got my hand cut off and my friends are in even worse trouble because of what I did. I fucked up everything.” And then Yoda should have gone, “Now you’re a Jedi. Now you’re beyond the fear of failure. Now you’re ready.” That would have made it even cooler.
Actually, that is kind of interesting, a kind of Kobayashi Maru for Jedi’s before they graduate. What do you think Bastards? Is that a scene you would have wanted to see?
Source: Cinema Blend