Welcome to the official landing page of the unofficial Star Wars: What the Prequels Should Have Been project. #RebootthePrequels
The Star Wars prequels should have been amazing. I’ve rewritten them so they are.
What you can expect from the Reboot Trilogy (RT):
- The fun and adventure of the Original Trilogy (OT).
- Some ideas and concepts from Lucas’ Prequel Trilogy (PT), but none of the silliness and bloating.
- Basically nothing from the Expanded Universe (EU). Only what we’ve seen on film counts as canon.
- This will be a standard screenplay, not a Click Your Poison book.
- A prequel trilogy worthy of Star Wars.
Many others have re-imagined the PT, (Belated Media and Red Letter Media’s YouTube videos, and the Q2 fan-edited “Fall of the Jedi” prequel trilogy. Go Google those three). They did a great job re-constructing the films, but with one, obvious limitation: I have a blank page. I can cross off what I choose, add something completely new, and forge a stand-alone product in the form of a screenplay.
When you read the script for Episode I: A New Menace, you’ll find a whole new movie laid out before you.
Episode I: A New Menace
Available to read now:
A New Menace by James Schannep
A few of the major changes (SPOILERS):
- The title has a double meaning. It’s a new take on The Phantom Menace, yes, but there’s also a completely new menace added to the trilogy. See the next bullet.
- Rather than a quasi-racist-stereotype Asian alien Trade Federation, the main villains at the start of the film will be Maul and the Mandalorians. Remember Boba Fett? Now imagine a whole clan of mercenaries with that armor and attitude. Now we’ve got a galactic threat to be reckoned with.
- No Jar-Jar. In fact, no Gungans. All of the nonsense will be cut, and instead the focus will be character relationships, action, and plotting (in that order).
- Anakin will be introduced to us as a young man, not a boy. He’s going to be more of a Han Solo character, to balance out the puerile Obi-wan.
- Maul will live on beyond Episode I.
Episode II: Attack of the Empire
- This script picks up roughly 18 months to 2 years after Episode I, as opposed to the better part of a decade between the first two movies in Lucas’s prequels.
- It’s Clone Wars (plural) and not Clone War (singular). There are many battles on many different systems over the course of many, many years.
- The Mandalorians are slowly forming the role we assumed they had all along: Bounty Hunters.
- Maul remains a threat.
- From the title, you can probably guess that the machinations of the Empire get rolling much more quickly.
Episode III: Return of the Sith
Available to read now:
Return of the Sith by James Schannep
- After all the changes in Episode I and II, this new Episode III will be almost unrecognizable from Lucas’s prequels.
- Instead, it will feel much more in-line with the world and feel of Episode IV.
- The Rebel Alliance, Star Destroyers, Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and the Emperor, oh my! We get them all here.
- All the reveals (Anakin=Vader, twin siblings, Yoda) are all kept in-tact.
- Instead, you get many other twists and turns that will make you re-think about what you know from the classic trilogy
- Enriched meaning for places like Dantooine and Alderaan so their loss is more keenly felt in Episode IV.
Author’s note 2 November 2017: “Hope you enjoyed! That’s it. I’m done. I have ‘solved’ the prequels in my own mind, and hopefully yours. Let me know either in the comments on my website, or on social media, and thanks for reading!