When it comes to the Star Wars Prequels, most fans of the franchise would rather forget that the missteps ever existed in the first place. Unfortunately, until science catches up with science fiction, the ability to completely erase Episodes I-III from your mind isn’t possible. Still, it wasn’t ALL bad. One of the few aspects that the films (well, at least The Phantom Menace) got completely right was the awesomely badass Sith Lord, Darth Maul. The only real issue with the scary-as-hell assassin is the amount of screen time that he received or, more to the point, the screen time he did NOT receive. Well, thanks to a new fan made film, fans of the dark character can now revel in over 17 minutes of Maul-ness.
The film comes from the folks over at T7Pro and while there is no mention of the budget, the filmmakers definitely put a bit of work into the production:
We worked incredibly hard on this film for almost 2 years! We always felt that Darth Maul should have had more screen time. So we wanted to create a film just for him with the best lightsaber fights we could do! This is not based on any books, comics etc. MAKING OF coming soon!
So, are you ready to see just what two years’ worth of work and a lot of love for Darth Maul can do? Take a look.
Amazing, right? As for that “Making Of” that the filmmakers mentioned, well, here it is, so you can see just how much work went into this labor of love.
For those that had the insight to skip The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul, an apprentice of Darth Sidious, was tasked with assassinating Padme Amidala, who was being protected by the Jedi. While the Sith Lord was very skilled and managed to kill Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, in the end, he could not best Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Jedi Apprentice at the time, and was severed in half and assumed dead. Later, in comic books, novels, and television, Darth Maul returned, alive and insane with rage and sporting some pretty sweet mechanical legs. The film very obviously takes place before The Phantom Menace but just how long is up for interpretation. What matters here is just how wonderful the film really is. Writer/Director/Producer Shawn Bu has an obvious love for the source material; Svenja Jung is absolutely remarkable as the female Jedi that stands against Maul; and Maul himself, played by Ben Schamma, is perfection. The tone of the film is right on point and even beyond the success of the special effects, the costume design is absolutely enviable. The YouTube video currently sits at 2.4 million well deserved views. Do yourself a favor and give them another.
What did you think of the film? What is the best Star Wars fan film you have ever seen?