Almost a year ago, I wrote an article which rewrote The Last Jedi and it was well-received among a few subreddits. After sharing it with a friend (an artist and animation major) she became eager to help bring this vision to life. I have written three scripts for scenes based on my initial article which she will be illustrating into boards that I will attach scores and sound effects to.
Since this edit requires so much work, I wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention before we eventually release it. Obviously, it would be a massive bummer if we spent so long on creating something that ended up getting ignored. Ultimately, I’m making it for us. I’m making it for those who sincerely disliked the original story decisions and longed for something more than non-answers about plot lines teased in The Force Awakens.
There have been so many edits and scene reconstructions that have come out since December 2017. Many of them have been good. However, at the end of the day, the film is the same and the story which I found problematic is left in tact. The three scenes which will be storyboarded, pertaining to Rey’s backstory, Luke’s backstory, Kylo Ren’s backstory (I managed to tie them into one another if you have read the post referenced), and a lightsaber duel, completely re-contextualize the film. It feels new. I would not be devoting such time to a project unless the story and the editing was up to my standard of not even feeling like a fan project in the first place. I think those are often the best kind.
I have spent the past 11 months on editing the film. This edited version of The Last Jedi is complete, and if you are interested in seeing what we have in store, I will soon be happy to share with you the current draft up until the points in the film which will implement storyboards.
Frankly, the changes are too many to count. However, I am extremely satisfied with how the cut has turned out. Had you never seen the theatrical version, I genuinely doubt you would have noticed any of the revisions that have been made. I have changed the opening crawl, cut awkward and abrupt humor, cut repetitive lines, cut the Rose/Finn plot line, cut the Holdo plot line, included two 30 second-long deleted scenes, and now we are working on our boarded scenes, “The Tragedy of Ben Solo,” “Luke’s Regret,” and “Kylo Ren vs Rey.”
Last night, I spoke with the storyboard artist, Meg Babchuk whose work you can find here. We finalized deadlines and set the course for the next 6 months as we approach our final deadline.
We plan to release “The Last Jedi Reimagined” on December 1. This allows for most of the month leading up to IX’s release. We are hoping the hype for IX manages to help get our version of TLJ out there.
Thank you guys.