My proposed fan edit will combine The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones into one film.
Star Wars: Episode 1
SON OF THE SUNS
Without loosing any major plot points, I have trimmed The Phantom Menace down to roughly one hour, taking inspiration from the pacing of both The Clone Wars and Thor Ragnorak.
I’ve tried to create a sense of fun and humour through the cutting.
There is now no pointless exposition, repetition of information, and as few walking and talking scenes as possible. My goal was tell the story of the film as if through the eyes of a child who was repeating the experience of watching a Star Wars film.
In the first half (The Phantom Menace) the Jedi first appear after the Republic Cruiser is destroyed. This is a much stronger and iconic introduction.
There is no journey to the Gungan City at the beginning. Boss Nass is not a character in this film.
Anakin is not a slave.
He has already won the Pod race when the heroes arrive on Tatooine.
Instead of offering to enter the race, Anakin offers his race winnings to pay for their parts.
He doesn’t work for Watto. Watto only appears twice, first in the “Republic Credits” scene and again briefly telling Qui-Gon they have a “deal” after which we cut to Qui-Gon dropping the hyper drive at the ship for Obi-Wan to install.
I have have kept Qui-Gon testing the blood and the midichlorians.
The next morning after Maul arrives, Qui-Gon talks to Shmi about Anakin. “If he had been born in the Republic…” ending at “Can you help him?” "I don’t know.
I’ve tried to tie in as much as I can the arrival of Maul with the scenes talking about Anakins potential.
3-PO is still in the film at this stage, he was two scenes.
They leave Tatooine at the half hour mark currently.
Coruscant is streamlined.
No mention of the Queen being elected.
The Trade Federation do not have a seat in the Senate.
Malastare intervene still.
I’ve moved the conversation with Qui-Gon telling Obi-Wan he’s a “far wiser man than I” to the balcony at the Jedi Temple.
The crew return to Naboo.
The Queen and Anakin wait as Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Jar Jar swim to the Gungan City to procure their assistance.
The first time we see the Gungans in mass is when they emerge from the mist.
Jar Jar is a semi-capable warrior, though the Gungan’s don’t last long agains the droid army in this edit.
Anakin isn’t an accidental Pilot.
The Funeral Scene and Obi-Wan/ Yoda scene are in reverse order.
The final scene is Palpatine talking to the Senate, informing them that he plans to make a Clone Amry to counter the increasing threats of “The Trade Federation”. Essentially the beginning of the Clone Wars.
I’m currently refining the cuts to Attack of the Clones, so much of this is subject to change.
VFX assistance will be required for some of these edits.
TEN YEARS LATER
Anakin and Padme on Naboo, Anakin having had visions of his mother.
He tells her he knows he is violating his mandate to protect her.
Obi-Wan is suspecting the later batch of clone troopers, who have a new host. He meets Jango.
Anakin goes to Tatooine to Lars Homestead. (PADME will need to be removed from all the Tatooine footage).
Learns about his mothers disappearance.
His search for his mother is intercut with Palpatine Talking to Yoda “impossible to see…” and Padme’s arrival on Coruscant and the first assassination attempt.
There is no tusken camp slaughter at this stage, will most likely be used as a dream sequence.
Obi-Wan is contacted on Kamino about the attempted assassination attempt on Padme, and is ordered back to the capital. (Still figuring this out)
Anakin returns to the farm with her body, funeral, after which he is contacted by Obi-Wan. He returns to Coruscant.
Obi-Wan’s attitude toward Anakin is now somewhat more justified as he has already broken his mandate.
This post has been edited.
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