Hello all, I’m a long time lurker and wanted to share my first fan-edit with you all. It’s a project called Star Wars: The Anakin Saga and it’s a somewhat radical remix of the prequels that seeks to integrate them into the OT. Dual timelines is a film technique that has been used in many movies and TV shows (most recently Westworld) and I’ve employed it here to create a new version of the OT that concurrently tells the story of the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.
As evident from the name, my edit of the PT focuses solely on Anakin, how he’s found, his relationship with Padme and Palpatine and his fall to the dark side. Most of the politics and the machinations of Palpatine’s rise to power are cut out, as are most of the battles and endless CGI wankery. I have also done my best to improve the PT dialogue with careful audio editing.
Though I’ve kept the minimum amount needed from the PT to coherently tell Anakin’s story, the resulting films are still fairly long, though within feature film length. I’ve just finished the first of my planned edits, blending episode I into episode IV, and it clocks at around 2 hours, 40 minutes, though the next two will be longer.
Although most of the cutting has been to the PT, my edits are based on the 2011 Blu-Ray SEs, so I’ve also removed some of the more appalling SE special effects and changes using Harmy’s edit (except where I felt they didn’t detract from the scene e.g. vehicles and ships). A potentially controversial aspect will my replacement of some of the OT’s dated special effects (mainly things blowing up) with effects poached from other SW or sci-fi films, as I wanted less of a disconnect between the TPM and ANH scenes.
As this is my first project, I’m looking for beta-testers and feedback before I release it to the public, specifically on any glaring technical errors, any plot-holes or narrative issues and feedback on any other stylistic choice. Let me know if you’re interested. Thanks!