A friend and I were watching Attack of the Clones of all movies and he came up with a pretty interesting idea for what I think would make a much better Return of the Jedi. This idea is by no means complete but I’d like to see some feedback and ideas for how it could be done.
Main Idea: Tatooine is completely skipped in Episode 6. Instead of seeing yet another desert planet (Tatooine and also Jakku) Jabba now resides on the opposite side of Endor that the Ewoks live on. Instead of a direct copy of the rest of Endor his environment could be altered a bit (this could break the cliche of 1 topographical region per planet). The rebels while having enough help on the ground from the Ewoks are still vastly outnumbered in space. Jabba is their only option close enough to the system with enough forces to help them. They make their plea to Jabba and warn him that not only will the rebellion be destroyed but also his home planet of Endor if the Death Star is not taken out. Jabba reluctantly agrees to help in the fight against the Death Star. Instead of the rebellion somehow prevailing it would make sense that with Jabba’s help they might stand a chance. Jabba could die in the space battle, or as a result of ships in space attacking his palace. With Jabba gone Solo could be easily rescued. Jabba could also survive the battle and as a new ally of the rebellion free Han Solo back to them.