Hey, remember the Star Wars prequels? I know you do. Anyway, it’s been a topic discussion amongst fans as to exactly where the prequel films went off the rails, and where they might have possibly been improved?
Even George Lucas might have considered this. He was planning the prequels since the development of the very first Star Wars movie in 1977 after all, and given that 20 years passed between the first film and that first prequel, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, there must have been a lot ideas that were created and then disposed of. Well, it seems that some of those ideas have reached the light of day.
In J.W. Rinzler‘s upcoming book The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, shares the details of the a story conference between Lucas, director Richard Marquand, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and producer Howard Kazanjian in the 80s as to how the epic climax of the prequel trilogy would breakdown. Here’s the alternative take:
“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.”
Well that’s pretty close to the way Episode III: Revenge of the Sith broke, but it’s a bit more in-line with the continuity established in the original trilogy. It also makes more sense to me that Anakin/Padme relationship was out in the open and not a top secret romance the way Lucas went, but I think in the case of the prequels that’s kind of a nitpick.
But what do you Bastards think? Was that the version of the prequels you wanted to see?
Source: Comic Book Movie