Remember back in the heady days of 2013? Still smarting from the soul sucking experience that was the prequel trilogy, we heard that George Lucas was to sell his baby to Disney and they would bring us three more movies and a raft of spin-offs. How exciting it seemed. Then reality happened, then Rian Johnson.
This made us do the impossible, dream of a world in which George Lucas brought us three more Star Wars movies and somehow forget the sheer awfulness of the prequels. Yipee!
Before some of Hollywood’s most notorious hacks got handed the keys to the kingdom, complete with the returning original cast, and then drove it straight off a cliff, Lucas had his own ideas how to bring the Skywalker Saga to a close.
His post Return Of The Jedi story can now be glimpsed thanks to a 600 page new book – The Star Wars Archives 1999-2005. This features interviews with Lucas over the period he was making the The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith.
Lucas let slip that a resurrected Darth Maul, antagonist of The Phantom Menace, was to be the central villain. He went on to say that Princess Leia would be key and trying to rebuild the Republic:
“The movies are about how Leia – I mean, who else is going to be the leader? – is trying to rebuild the Republic… Luke is trying to restart the Jedi.”
Maul, meanwhile, was to train a protege and was attempting to fill the power vacuum in what was left of the Empire with the Emperor and Darth Vader now dead:
“Darth Maul trained a girl, Darth Talon, who was in the comic books, as his apprentice. She was the new Darth Vader and most of the action was with her. So these were the two main villains of the trilogy.
Maul eventually becomes the godfather of crime in the universe because, as the Empire falls, he takes over.”
“At that time I was starting the next trilogy; I talked to the actors and I was starting to gear up. I was also about to have a daughter… it takes 10 years to make a trilogy… I’d still be working on Episode 9! … Finally, I’d decided I’d rather raise my daughter and enjoy life for a while.”
If you want to see more and get the full details then it won’t come cheap. The new book, written by Paul Duncan, is over $150.