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How would you combine the best parts of the Star Wars franchise into one LOTR-style trilogy?

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Star Wars is a famously massive, expansive universe taking place across multiple eras and every corner of the galaxy. And yet, practically every new thing to come out of the series (at least, every new movie) since Return of the Jedi has been criticized, to some extent, for feeling repetitive. Lately, I’ve been wondering: What if the writers of the original trilogy had somehow had access to the entire canon (Disney and Legends continuities) to draw from for ideas? And, for the sake of the thought experiment, been given unlimited time, money, and technology as well?
How might the trilogy have gone differently?

You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Am I making Carrie Fisher’s ghost proud?”
Well, are ya, punk?

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That’s an interesting thought experiment. I actually have an idea for something like that, and I’ve been thinking about it for a while. It would be a completely redone version of the trilogy, with almost everything changed. The plot would have some significant differences, character appearances, backstories and motivations would be redone, and the science would be much harder. Think of it as more of a re-imagining than a remake.

I’ll post more details in a new thread soon.

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Ed Slushie said:

Star Wars is a famously massive, expansive universe taking place across multiple eras and every corner of the galaxy. And yet, practically every new thing to come out of the series (at least, every new movie) since Return of the Jedi has been criticized, to some extent, for feeling repetitive. Lately, I’ve been wondering: What if the writers of the original trilogy had somehow had access to the entire canon (Disney and Legends continuities) to draw from for ideas? And, for the sake of the thought experiment, been given unlimited time, money, and technology as well?
How might the trilogy have gone differently?

No way I can tell this story in one trilogy. Trust me, I have this Star Wars reboot pitch that is even more radical than anything on this forum that essentially is the whose who of the legends and Disney canon(aphra, thrawn, Kyle katarn, lord Hoth). You will literally see almost everyone on this f@cking saga in the movie at some point…and none of them will be “normal”.

Let me give you a sneak peek

Anakin was born 1,000 years before “TPM” As he was frozen by the vacuum of space, The reason why is dark.

Anakin Skywalker is a sith Holocaust survivor, who is not even human.

Padme, Obi-Wan And “the emperor” are also reinvented heavily

Padme is Abeloth…her death caused anakin to try to resurrect her using the device from Darth Vader immortal, leading to the creation of An abomination that wants to “protect” her children From Anakin…her children are raised by anakin as a single father, This resurrection transformed the once beautiful world of Naboo into the hellish world of MUstafar.

Obi-Wan is a cathar who is “the same age”(anakin is a thousand years old) as anakin and is more of a brother than a father figure to anakin…and they have sexual tension towards each-other.

The emperor isn’t male, nor a constant presence. The empress is the ruler of the Sith pureblood empire that exists in the unknown regions waiting on the perfect time to strike, Her goal is to create an alchemical ritual that will allow her to absorb all life in the galaxy in order to become a living Goddess, Empress shiva is also Anakin’s Twin sister and is essentially female Darth Vitiate meets dark empire palpatine reborn. She is a self loathing female misogynist who had to work 10 times harder to get to where she is today despite massive sexism among the Sith species. She is the night king of the series, the thanos level threat whose arrival is built up like a apocalyptic event…her identity as anakin’s sister being a secret held for a long time.

The chosen one Prophecy is the dyad of the force…revealed to be Luke and Leia, who are destined to destroy the empress, Luke skywalker turns to the dark side and is basically a weird reinvention of Kylo Ren while leia is a weird reinvention of Rey while Han is not even human but also a Cathar.

Anakin’s Human father is Darth Bane…who abused anakin and his sister when they were kids before anakin nearly killed him and basically exiled the asshole with his force powers…who would later become a sith himself that would use essence transfer to scheme against the republic from the shadows.

Anakin Skywalker’s story only gets stranger from here

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Ed Slushie said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfcS-uuI8A4

Taking this further

The politics are way more complex, intricate and nuanced than the original saga.

Featuring an unflinching look on how class struggle and inequality that is inherent in the capitalist system can lead to authoritarianism and revolution.

The story can also be repurposed into an original story set centuries after ROTJ if need be

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Hadrian sunrider said:

No way I can tell this story in one trilogy. Trust me, I have this Star Wars reboot pitch that is even more radical than anything on this forum that essentially is the whose who of the legends and Disney canon(aphra, thrawn, Kyle katarn, lord Hoth). You will literally see almost everyone on this f@cking saga in the movie at some point…and none of them will be “normal”.

Wow. I read through that whole thing, and it was… different. I actually think you could change the names and pitch it as an original sci-fi franchise, and it would probably be a lot better.

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StarkillerAG said:

Hadrian sunrider said:

No way I can tell this story in one trilogy. Trust me, I have this Star Wars reboot pitch that is even more radical than anything on this forum that essentially is the whose who of the legends and Disney canon(aphra, thrawn, Kyle katarn, lord Hoth). You will literally see almost everyone on this f@cking saga in the movie at some point…and none of them will be “normal”.

Wow. I read through that whole thing, and it was… different. I actually think you could change the names and pitch it as an original sci-fi franchise, and it would probably be a lot better.

I did recycle huge chunks of it into an original sci fi verse

My rationale for these radical changes is to avoid creating a Disney remake…instead creating a story that stands on its own as a unique take on the Star Wars franchise

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Well it’s already a trilogy of trilogies, so the easiest answer would be make each trilogy a film and be done with it.

But that’s too easy, so let’s get experimental.

Episode I

Princess Leia of the Republic and her escort Jedi Master Obi-Wan are cornered by the Empire. Leia allows herself to be captured so Obi-Wan can escape to the nearby Tatooine. There, he finds young farmboys Luke and Ben (brothers). He tells them about the Force and takes them on as padawans. Meanwhile, Tarkin orders the Death Star to blow up the Republic capital of Alderaan, leaving the Republic without leadership. Ben, Luke, and Obi-Wan, with the help of Han and Chewie, go to the Death Star and save the princess. Unfortunately, the Emperor’s apprentice Darth Maul kills Obi-Wan, though not before he destroys the kyber crystal powering the superlaser. They all get medals and everyone is happy.

Episode II

The Republic is regrouping on its new capital of Naboo when the Empire attacks. The group is split up in the escape. Luke goes to Dagobah to train with Yoda. Han, Chewie, and Leia are captured and taken to Mustafar. There they are to be executed in a gladiatorial arena. Ben and Senator Palpatine are cornered by Maul on Kamino. After defeating Maul, Palpatine tells Ben to kill him. He hesitates, stating that it’s not the Jedi way, but eventually gives in. Over the course of the film, Palpatine teaches Ben the Dark Side while Yoda teaches Luke the Light Side. Eventually, Ben and Luke come to rescue Han and Leia, but Ben betrays Luke and turns him into the Empire. Luke, Han, Chewie, and Leia are now all about to be executed and Ben has turned to the Dark Side. In attendance is the Emperor himself, who’s revealed to be none other than Palpatine. The heroes manage to maneuver their way around the arena beasts and escape as the Republic comes to the rescue. Luke chases Ben down before he can escape and they have duel in the lava fields. By the end, Ben is left burning to death by the shore. Everyone is most certainly not happy.

Episode III

The Republic is mounting an assault on the frozen Imperial capital of Had Abbadon, utilizing their walkers. Success! They’ve made it past the first line of defense, but there’s still a long way to go. The Emperor’s new apprentice Darth Vader is there to greet them. After a lengthy duel with Luke losing, the truth is revealed: He is his brother. Leia goes to the planet’s moon Endor to deactivate the shield around the Death Star, currently docked there. There she is captured by a stormtrooper. He can’t bring himself to shoot her, however. She convinces him to help her. His name is FN-2187 Finn. Together they liberate the native Wookiees who are being enslaved. With their help, they manage to take out the shield generator. Han and Chewie make the trench run, then make their way into the Death Star, and finally blow it up! Luke leads Republic troops to the Imperial Palace where he is confront by Darth Vader (Ben) and Emperor Palpatine. Luke and Vader duel and just as Luke is about to win, he refuses to kill his brother. Thus Palpatine starts electrocuting him, leading Vader to have a change of heart and take the Emperor’s life at the cost of his own. Victory has been won, but at a cost.