Regardless of which end you stand on the Star Wars sequel trilogy, it’s impossible to deny that it has been a divisive one.
For a while, it seemed like 2017’s The Last Jedi by Rian Johnson would be as divisive as the films could get. Essentially slicing the fandom into two, The Force Awakens director, J. J. Abrams was brought in to conclude the trilogy in what seemed to be a fan-placating move.
Unfortunately, this meant the departure of Colin Trevorrow who had been set to direct the final instalment, then entitled Duel of Fates in reference to John Williams’ composition for The Phantom Menace in 1999. It also meant that his already completed script got a re-write by Chris Terrio.
Unfortunately, Abrams’ and Terrio’s The Rise of Skywalker didn’t really get the reaction Disney and Lucasfilm had been hoping for. While better received by most fans, it received somewhat lukewarm reception from critics.
However, shortly after the release of The Rise of Skywalker, Trevorrow’s Duel of Fates script found its way onto the internet… shocker. Accompanied by a fair amount of concept art (though not all of it were belonged to Duel of Fates).
The leaked script has since seen its own slew of criticisms and compliments and is considered to be one of the biggest “what ifs?” in relation to Star Wars… not counting all of those Infinities comics, of course.
Thankfully (kinda), Mr Sunday Movies of YouTube fame and animator Ethan Taylor have joined Forces (see what I did there? with the “Forces”? I on Stay Home Notice, ‘kay?) to bring us an animated take on Trevorrow’s Duel of Fates script!
While this was obviously not what we were gonna see on the big screens, it does give a sense of what we’ve missed. On one hand, I’m pretty okay with The Rise of Skywalker–it kinda feels like imperfection is as much a part of Star Wars as troopers, one kind or another. On the other hand, it does feel like a missed opportunity to not have retreaded the path of the original trilogy by having a different director’s take on the film.