Welcome to the official landing page of the unofficial Star Wars: What the Prequels Should Have Been project. #RebootthePrequels
I’ve talked a lot about the prequels over the years, but basically the mission statement of my reboot is this: The Star Wars prequels should have been amazing. I’m going to rewrite 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.
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 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
Episodes III is coming soon! Please subscribe to the blog or follow me on social media so you don’t miss the release date.
While you’re waiting, don’t forget to check out my analysis of the other Star Wars films:
- Lessons: A New Hope
- Lessons: Empire Strikes Back
- Lessons: Return of the Jedi
- Lessons: The Force Awakens
- Can’t Wait for Rogue Two!
Comments on this page are welcome! I’d love to hear from other Star Wars fans.