Latest Peter Mayhew Original ‘Star Wars’ Script Tweet Reveals Obi-Wan Surviving Darth Vader Death Star Duel
If you haven’t been following Peter Mayhew‘s daily tweets of the original Star Wars script, that obviously went through many changes before and during shooting, then you’ve been missing an interesting look at how scripts evolve during the production process. A few days ago Mayhew tweeted out three pages of the original script that would have changed one of the movies most dramatic, and character building scenes, the duel and death of Obi-Wan on the Deathstar at the hands of Darth Vader.
Here’s the tweet:
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) April 13, 2016
Let’s look at those pages a little closer:
Did you notice that Lucas describes Darth Vader as a Sith Lord? Correct us if we’re wrong, but we’re pretty sure that Sith Lord wasn’t used on the big screen until the Prequels. Lucas though, had it all mapped out back before production started in the 70’s.
There it is, Obi-Wan traps Vader behind a blast door and then cuts down a group of Stormtroopers with the help of Luke and Han. Then everyone gets on the Millennium Falcon.
Damn, now everyone must be wondering what Lucas had planned for Obi-Wan. Did he still die before the end of the movie? Would Luke have that “Use the Force” moment in the X-Wing cockpit during his run at the Death Star?
The Obi-Wan death scene was a major story arc for Luke’s character, if Obi-Wan didn’t die on the Death Star at Vader’s hands, imagine the changes that brings to the character. Does he receive further training from Obi-Wan? When Obi-Wan died, for all we the audience knew, he was the last living Jedi. Obi-Wan’s death also focuses Luke’s anger and fear onto Vader. Without that focus, would Luke’s story be as intense later on?
While it is fun to imagine what we might have seen Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan do after that death scene, the emotional impact couldn’t have been as big as his death at the hands of Darth Vader in that moment on the Death Star.
We’ll find out what happens to Obi-Wan as Mayhew tweets more pages of that original script. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see a fan film that used this original script?
Hopefully, someone will ask George Lucas about this and how the changes came about.