The Force could have been strong with a very different Skywalker! George Lucas, who loves or hates the Disney-directed Star Wars sequel trilogy, originally wrote a much more Leia-centric plot. "She was the chosen one," says Lucas in the upcoming book "The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005" by Taschen. Lucas also wanted Darth Maul to return with all his might: "Maul will eventually become the godfather of crime in the universe because he will take power with the fall of the empire."
After Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, those (absolutely brilliant) plans were thrown out the window in favor of a semi-restart with new, fresh characters. Fans have largely loathed the direction of the sequel to the trilogy, and it's heartbreaking to know what could have been. In the treatise "The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company" by Bob Iger, former CEO of Disney, it is revealed that Lucas felt "betrayed" after Disney abandoned his plans. Iger writes, "George knew we were not bound by any contract, but he thought our purchase of the story treatments was a tacit promise that we would follow them, and he was disappointed that his story was discarded." Feelings were more than justified.
Were you satisfied with the way the sequel went, or wish you had seen Jedi Master Leia muzzle lightsabers?
In “The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005”, which will be available in the USA on December 13, you will find all the fascinating insights into the Star Wars trilogy.
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