I’m looking at an article from the Boston Globe Sun (2/6/1983) about how Star Wars on HBO, and it put out this interesting tidbit:
"Star Wars (Episode 4) and “The Empire Strikes Back” (Episode 5) will be followed this May by “The Revenge of the Jedi” (Episode 6). Lucas then plans to shoot the first trilogy beginning in 1986 and then the final trilogy in 1995, although he has no firm commitment from any of the actors.
It also states that the whole thing will have been finished by 2007, although of course in reality it took a lot longer than that.
Can you imagine if it did, though? By this logic, we could’ve seen Episode I as early as 1988, and a vastly different prequel and sequel trilogy to what we got. Would the Special Editions or the Disney buyout have even happened then?
Needless to say, this avenue is something of a goldmine for alternate history buffs.