Post by moviebuffbrad on Jan 11, 2019 21:39:03 GMT
Episode 7 - After the defeat of the Empire, the Galaxy is split in two. On one side is the democratic and peaceful New Republic, and the other a more militaristic, democratic-in-name-only faction lead by a former rebel general (Wedge? A new character?) They're in a political stalemate as the former has a now godlike Luke, and the latter has constructed a Sun Crusher. The balance is tipped when Han and Leia's son - angry at his mother for losing him his birthright as King of Alderan and his uncle for throwing away an Empire - joins the bad Republic. He kills Han, as per Sith tradition of killing your father/mentor (and because Harrison Ford wants Han to die) - and cripples Luke in a duel, who is unable to genuinely fight his nephew. The Sun Crusher is unleashed on Coruscant.
Episode 8 - with the New Republic government gone, a defeated Luke is talked into training a new band of Jedi - including Leia and his niece (Son Solo's twin). Meanwhile, Not-Wedge quickly becomes a puppet figurehead to Son Solo. Not-Wedge conspires to have Son Solo killed, but is found out and executed by Son Solo, who pins it on Luke and uses it to unleash hell on what remains of the New Republic. Luke and his team use the force to destroy the Sun Crusher. Son Solo engages in duel with Leia, who chops his hand off and begs him to turn back to the light side. While distracted, Son Solo kills her and escapes.
Episode 9 - witnessing the power of the Jedi and the destruction of the Sun Crusher, the bad Republic has disbanded. With both governments destroyed, the Galaxy is in complete anarchy and disarray as Luke and the Jedi try to restore order. Meanwhile, Son Solo builds a Sith army to combat Luke's growing Jedi one, calling himself the reincarnation of Darth Vader. The Jedi come to believe Daughter Solo is the reincarnation of the lightside of Anakin Skywalker. A Jedi/Sith battle happens, and Daughter Solo defeats Son Solo. The remaining Sith army turn to the lightside and bow to her. However, it is revealed to her at the end that she actually never was, and it was all a ploy by Luke and an until now unseen force ghost Anakin to restore hope and balance. The Galaxy is unified under a noble lie.
Hard not to come up with stuff without directly or indirectly ripping off what we got, but there you go. I tried to use the Ring Theory to do an inverse of the OT.
It’s 2013-14. Disney is producing its first Star Wars film. They turn to you to write the script. The real movie had a budget of $300 mil., so that’s what you’ve got to play around with. What do you do? What decisions do you make?
Even if I didn't have 300 million...
1A NUMERO UNO: GET LUKE HAN AND LEIA BACK TOGETHER!!! PERIOD.
No matter what else they forced me to do that is absolutely the very first most important thing I would have done. Get them together again so they could have another adventure. I don't understand why this didn't happen given that all three actors were still alive and healthy enough to make the movie at the time. Why not take the opportunity to do it? Did they think we were waiting for anything else?!?
2) Luke and Leia would have both been Jedi Masters teaching new Jedi. Or maybe they would have been retired, but not a curmudgeonly old man on an island.
3) The new characters would have been the new Jedi that Luke and Leia were teaching. The story would be about the OT character and the new characters equally.
4) The Empire would have been done and over, and NOT simply turned into the First Order. No more Empire. No First Order. NO DEATH STAR PLANET!
5) Sith would still be the villains, but they would be new Sith that came from some new place. There would be a Sith army.
6) One of the new Sith villains would be one of the students of Luke.
7) Would Han and Leia have children? Would Luke have children? Yeah, why not. But we'd have to do it different than the books did it so we wouldn't be accused of copying from them.
I probably would not have created Finn and Poe. I think Rey could still be okay if she was re-worked to make more sense. If Finn and Poe were still forced on me I would make them force sensitives, and eventually have them become new Jedi.
Would Han still have died? If Harrison Ford still wanted it, why not? Would he and Leia still be together? Maybe so, maybe not, but I wouldn't have had him be a pirate again. I would have made him an admiral or something.
In short, the story would be about a massive attack on the galaxy by a new and overwhelming Sith army that seemingly come from out of nowhere. Where did they come from? How did they get so powerful? Are they connected to Palpatine/Sidious in any way? Or worse yet, are they connected to Luke?!
I realized I never put down my story ideas here, so (1) here they are and (2) bump.
So, OK. If I were writing it, I’d try to include some obvious stuff—Luke becoming an Obi-Wan figure, for example—and some less obvious stuff. Coming up with a villain is a bother because you want someone with the strength and stature of a Darth Vader without coming off as a Vader clone. There’s also the problem of making our heroes the big, élite force this time; seeing them as a ragtag team of rebels is more fun because we all like rooting for the underdog. Unless we’re going to backtrack on the whole series, now they’re the more powerful “establishment,” and the bad guys are the underdogs.
I was thinking of putting in two villainous characters. The first would be based on Indiana Jones’s Belloq, with a trace of Peter Cushing from the first movie and even more of Count Zaroff from Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game”—a sportsman, even a gentleman, with a warped sense of honor, still likeable without sacrificing the evil. He’d have to be a holdover from the Empire, a true believer in its principles. For him the Empire represented strength, power, security, compared to a still-squabbling republic—to wit, he’s essentially a Spartan in the old Athens v. Sparta debate. If the Empire had to crack a few heads to achieve that goal—well, so be it. It’s his amorality, despite his manners, that’s his defining characteristic and the reason he’s so dangerous.
The other villain would be a power-behind-the-throne character. I’m debating whether or not to make him the ghost of the Emperor, or to scrap that altogether in order to differentiate this new series.
I think Leia would be the easiest to write. A queen, a leader, at times disheartened because the new Republic is so at odds still. And, inevitably, facing Popper’s paradox of tolerance: will this tolerant society tolerate the intolerant (i.e., in this case, those who sympathize with or idealize the Empire)? An important point would be that the perfection of man—the immanentization of the eschaton, as Bill Buckley would have called it—cannot happen even in the Star Wars universe. Happy-endings are real, but not happily ever afters by their very nature. (Another good reason for ending the series where it ended, but I trudge on!)
Two different possibilities for Han. We could have him as having left Leia, which raises a whole other can of worms and ruins the character development and hope for a happy ending, or we could have him as emasculated, accepting this situation after all these years, telling old war stories to kids and everything. Until we get the gang back together, as expected, and send him on a last grand adventure. Somehow have to reunite him with Chewie too.
Luke is the most difficult, I think. How do we do an older version of such an idealistic youth? If he had an arc leading towards cynicism, maybe he could be cynical and beaten down, but he won. He defeated the Empire and redeemed his dad. He would be the Obi-Wan figure, but he wouldn’t be as serious even as Guinness; he’d be closer to Liam Neeson in The Phantom Menace, or Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones. Sure, he’d be Merlin, handing on Excalibur to the next generation, but with a twinkle in his eye. He, more than Leia or Han, would be the most trustful of the new Republic, despite its problems—because he knows the attraction of power and has beaten it back. The villain would almost be an anti-Luke: cynical where Luke is idealistic, having given in to imperialism where Luke fights for republican virtue.
New folks. Difficult to write. They can’t be too different from the original characters without being un-Star Wars-y, but they also can’t be too similar, or else they’re retreads. We could bring back my Three Musketeers concept and have the new hero as the D’Artagnan and Luke as the Athos. OK, he’d be older than Athos, but it’d be interesting. He’d consider the new guy as a son. Could be his nephew. Actually, wait—base it on Dumas’ sequel, Twenty Years After. We need a love-interest for the new hero… Hm. Not sure how to write her. Maybe the girl has never heard these stories, or if so thinks of them only as legends?
The plot would center on the villain’s plot to reconstitute the Empire from the small bastions of Imperial sympathy scattered throughout the galaxy. He would… In one scene he would have to tempt Luke, conjure up the ghost of Darth Vader—oh, we could do a scene where Luke sees both the Vader personality and the Anakin personality.
The more I think of it, the more I like the idea of a reversal of the originals: the Republic as a powerful force and the “Empire” as a small ragtag fighting force. To keep the remaining “Imperial” troops together, the bad guy (the Spartan) I described above would have to be particularly charismatic—i.e., not Darth Horseface. And I like having a Republic senator or someone who’s not evil but who somewhat misses the stability of the Empire; it connects with the political themes that run throughout the series. In fact, I’m somewhat thinking of the fall of the Soviet Union and Putin (democratic backsliding and all that).
Again, this is a bump as well, so if you have new ideas or haven’t posted them, I’d love to read them!
The universe at large is still rebuilding after the battle of Endor. It took many years to clear out all of the Empires influences. Some worlds are ruled by the New Republic. Many have chosen to remain independent.
Ambassador Leia Organa Solo travels the galaxy trying bring the worlds together under one peace treaty. At her side are Admiral Han Solo and C3PO.
Chewbacca lives a life of boredom on Kashyk waiting for Han to call on him again.
Luke Skywalker is the master of a new school of Jedi. They train at an old Jedi temple he found that still had many ancient Jedi texts. Some of Lukes students are Han and Leia's son Ben, and his own daughter Rey. R2D2 is with them.
Rey's mother, Mara Jade (giggle [cast with Julianne Moore}) has been separated from Luke for some time. At a graduation ritual where Rey and Ben are finally anointed as Jedi Knights, Rey reveals that she is leaving to go to the Unknown Regions of Space to go look for Mara. Ben decides to go along with her.
Just then a new armada of ships enter the Galaxy having come from the Unknown Regions. They are an army of Sith larger than any known before (apparently they've never heard of the rule of only two). And they have a captive: Mara Jade.
At a political meeting on a world near the Unknown Regions Leia, Han, and the leaders gathered there, are attacked by the Sith Army.
Luke's Jedi temple is also attacked by the Sith. He escapes with as many of his Jedi students as he can rescue and goes into action. Chewbacca gets the call.