12 Live-Action Star Wars Projects That Never Happened (But Should Have)

By now you know how the story continues: Director joins “Star Wars”; something bad happened; Director leaves “Star Wars”. Between 2015 and 2017, the director in question was Colin Trevorrow who was set to helm Star Wars: Episode IX before Lucasfilm summarily fired him after reports of his “difficult” behavior evolved from the sets “Jurassic World” and “The Book of Henry”. Here’s something we don’t have from Lucasfilm’s other victims: the full leaked script of Trevorrow’s “Star Wars” movie.

Trevorrow’s screenplay, titled Star Wars: Duel of the Fates, establishes that the First Order, led by Chancellor Hux, holds control of the entire galaxy and spurs the surviving members of the Resistance to embark on a mission to find a secret beacon located in the ancient Jedi temple on Coruscant. Along the way, Kylo Ren trains under Emperor Palpatine’s old master, Rey is blinded in a lightsaber duel, Finn leads a stormtrooper insurgency, Luke Skywalker pursues his nephew, and Hux literally commits seppuku. The Duel of the Fates concept art that appeared alongside the script only makes it look crazier.

I know I’m not alone if I absolutely despise The Rise of Skywalker. I hated the incoherent plot, I hated the pointless twists, I hated the death illusions. I hated what it did to Rose, Finn, Luke, Kylo Ren and Poe. It wasn’t a good movie. Duel of the Fates is also riddled with problems, but at least it’s trying to do something useful instead of just sinking into empty nostalgia for two and a half hours. Give me glorious nonsense above The abomination every day.

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Brian Ashcraft

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