Sideburns of BoShek said:
It does make me wonder how George would have wrote Vader and Anakin being the two separate characters in the films, and if and how he’d have used that ‘Vader, still pretending to be a Jedi, repeatedly lured the few remaining Jedi left, to their deaths’ idea.
A time machine, Keith Carradine as Annikin Starkiller, with Timothy Dalton as Darth Vader, and I’m all in for an alternative “what if?” OT universe based on those early drafts. Where the they and Obi-Wan Kenobi are good friends, yet Vader is also betraying them and the Jedi behind their backs! 😃
I would love to see this original story, an alternative Prequel Trilogy, even with a time machine! Or in animation, or even in a fan film. But I think my imagination will just have to do.
(the 3 screenshots below are from the “George Lucas Unreliable Narrator thread”, Category #5)
^ 'George Lucas: The Wizard of Star Wars’ - https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/george-lucas-the-wizard-of-star-wars-2-232011 (August 25th, 1977)
^ the screenshot of ‘Princess Leia’s History of Darth Vader’ is from Page 352 of JW Rinzler’s ‘Making Of Star Wars’ book.
^ ‘Darth Vader’s Original Backstory (Before He Was Retconned To Be Luke’s Father)’ - https://screenrant.com/star-wars-darth-vader-original-backstory
‘The Empire Strikes Back – First Draft by Leigh Brackett’ - https://www.starwarz.com/starkiller/the-empire-strikes-back-first-draft-by-leigh-brackett-transcript