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One Of George Lucass Many Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Ideas Had Luke Skywalker Dying In Episode IX

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    In a new interview with IGN, Mark Hamill reveals that at one point, Luke Skywalker was intended to die in Star Wars Episode IX under different, unspecified circumstances. Aside from The Last Jedi ultimately having Luke become one with the Force at the end of the film, the story element that would have necessitated Luke's death was ruled out for an entirely separate reason: Carrie Fisher's death leading to Leia being excised from Episode IX.





    IGN recently spoke to Hamill about The Last Jedi in time for the film's release on home video. When asked about how J. J. Abrams approached Luke (in the limited time he was in The Force Awakens) and how Rian Johnson approached him in the sequel, he added a brief tangent noting an interesting direction that George Lucas had for his character arc in the ninth film of the series:

    It's worth distinguishing that Hamill did not specify which version of Episode IX this was going to be - from the time that the movie that we now know as A New Hope was going to be treated as if it were Episode I of the series, to the point where he made an outline for Episode VII (a reworked version of which would serve as the basis for this trilogy), there were a number of ideas for what the ninth film would have been like. At one point, the Sequel Trilogy was never, ever going to happen, because the movies were 'officially' about the story of Anakin Skywalker. There were even plans for there to be a fourth trilogy of films as part of what we now know as the 'Skywalker Saga' - and while the Sequel Trilogy is indeed a thing, it seems like Lucasfilm are intent on ending the numbering of the story at that point, even when it's likely that there will be an inevitable continuation of the story.



    One thing I'd like to point out is that, in reply to another article covering this subject, a user on Twitter posted analysis hypothesising that this was an ending that was planned for the story, but not the ending, so to speak. The whole thread is worth checking out, but the most important part is directly below:






    Quick note - Pablo Hidalgo retweeted the above thread, which suggests that Brandon Bird hit the nail on the head with his analysis. Still, Hamill's wording implies that this may have been on the cards as a sequel to Lucas's version of Episode VII that was never made. But regardless as to whether or not Luke died on any given version of Episode VII, the idea of Luke training Leia isn't necessarily something that The Last Jedi ruled out - the door's open for him to return as a Force Ghost (and I'd be surprised if they didn't ultimately take that route now, especially given Fisher's passing and the gap that leaves in the story), and he very well could have helped Leia in ensuring that future Jedi are trained. But with Carrie Fisher dying, and the decision to not use Leia in Episode IX out of respect for her memory, the story will have to take a different route. Suffice to say, Hamill wouldn't have been able to bring this up at all if he knew that this was part of Disney's current plan, which at this point we can safely rule out.





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    Oh well he got a legendary send-off in TLJ, thanks to RJ.
     
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    Not sure why any of this is relevant or even newsworthy. It has been known for a while that Lucas gave Disney story treatments for a ST. They decided then and there not to go in that direction, but to use elements from them in the ST. Pretty standard procedure if you ask me. As was noted in the Twitter thread, even as late as filming Luke was still Luke Starkiller. The final version of the film as seen in 1977 which wasn't the final version of course, was different from the story pitched to 20th Century Fox in what, 1974? The story JJ filmed would not have been word for word what Lucas envisioned in 2011/12.

    It seems that a vocal minority of people have a problem with the fact that Luke was killed off in VIII knowing that Leia will die in between VIII and IX. Add to that Han Solo dying in VII and that means the big three are gone. Okay, well the time to truly do a ST with them was about 20 years ago, at the time Lucas decided to instead do a PT and that the story was actually the rise and redemption of Darth Vader. Maybe he could have done a ST with them about 14 years ago, in the aftermath of Episode III. But, with a ST filming in 2014, there was just no way the original three heroes were going to be the focus. Harrison is in his 70s and Mark is in his late 60s. Carrie was younger but her party girl days left her in bad shape in the last few years.

    Just my 2 pennies worth.
     
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    I completely agree. People tend to ignore this. They wanted a 65 year old Luke act like his 22 year old self (both physically and mentally). As I stated else ware in the past. I would of loved a Thrawn era Luke or something based on that, but we're just 30 years and 6 movies too late for that. Unless you re-cast the original 3, that story line wouldn't work. It's a shame that George did the PT instead of a ST since the actors wasn't getting younger and the PT could of been shot any time. A very big miss opportunity for him IMO.
     
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    I honestly think, had Carrie not died the "backlash" on Luke's death wouldn't be so loud. 9 was clearly going to be "her" film. Now we don't have any of the original 3 except Luke's force ghost.
     
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    I would've had Luke die in the first five minutes of Episode 7 in exchange for a well-written and original plot.
     
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    I would have always expected Luke to die in IX to put a bookend on the original saga. But what does it matter now, RJ ruined Luke's character forever. He is no longer a hero. He is just another man who failed to rise to the occassion. Obviously Rian was foreshadowing his own incompetence.
     
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    [​IMG] Sure he did.
     
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    Could not agree more. You would have thought the plot would have been first and foremost before starting production. But sadly it seems Disney just wanted the marketing piece and new theme park attraction. Two episodes and no plot. Almost makes you wonder how Rogue One was allowed to be made being coherent and interesting.
     
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