Iif you are not happy with The rise of Skywalker, and hoping that the holy grail of #AbramsCut makes you feel vindicated, here are some relevant news: The Abrams Cut is probably crap, but there is could be another script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly for Episode IX, that could be the answer to the dreams of Star Wars not realized by everyone.
According to writer and Hollywood expert Robert Meyer Burnett, at least one version of Trevorrow’s unfilmed movie Episode IX was called Destiny dueland even if you love Rise of Skywalker, this leaked script sounds pretty amazing. On Monday, Burnett released a long description of the unfilmed alternative Episode IXon YouTube, and the details are compelling.
The problem is, of course, to determine the validity of the script that Burnett says he has read. Posted on his YouTube channel, “Robservations,” Burnett talks for about 18 minutes about his background before entering the heart of the alleged Destiny duel script. Presumably, Burnett is making it clear that he has been in Hollywood and the surrounding area for a long time, and it is not so strange to have a script without filming.
“Everything can be achieved,” he says, noting that after a movie is made, interest in unfilmed versions of the movies is less important to the general public. Historically, he has a point, but in relation to Star Wars, there is obviously great interest (particularly now). Burnett also tries his best to get dark how got in touch with this supposed first draft of Trevorrow from Episode IX, and even “jokes” at various points that “maybe I did all this.”
On paper, the fact that Burnett cops might have invented the script could scan as an admission that everything is false. But the problem is that Burnett’s background indicates that he has no reason to lie. Unlike full-time filters like Jason Ward or the infamous boy from the fake Star Wars news, Mike Zeroh; Robert Meyer Burnett is a legitimate filmmaker who has worked in Hollywood as a director for a long, long time. Together with Mark Altman, he co-wrote and directed the 1999 film Free company; A romantic comedy about two Star Trek fans meeting William Shanter IRL. (It’s a very good movie!)
Burnett is also known for his work on special DVD and Blu-ray functions and if he owns any of the Star Trek series on Blu-ray or DVD, the chances of having at least one or two mini documentaries produced and directed by him They are quite tall. He also appears regularly on the Inglorious Treksperts podcast with Mark Altman (a great and respected journalist and producer of science fiction / fantasy shows like Librarians Y Pandora) So it’s not that Burnett is a fanboy. He can be candid about his opinions on the addresses of several franchises and has frequently tweeted scathing views on the direction of Star Trek since his relaunch at CBS in 2017.
I don’t share Burnett’s views on DiscoveryBut even if it’s not everyone’s Earl Gray cup, the reality is that he’s a guy who has worked in Hollywood for a long time and knows one or two things about science fiction franchises. So, the question with this Star Wars Destiny duel the leak is: why would he invent this and risk ruining his reputation?
Reverse has contacted Burnett to clarify some aspects of the Destiny duel script and has not yet responded. We will update this piece when it does. But for now, here are six main differences between the assumption Destiny duel script and The rise of Skywalker. (To update: We still haven’t heard from Burnett, but AV. Club seems to have confirmed that the script is real, citing an anonymous source).
6. Title and tracking
First, it can be said immediately that this would have been a different movie. “Duel of the Fates” obviously refers to the composition of John Williams of the same name, which was a big problem in Episode I: The Phantom Menace Here is the alternative tracking:
The iron grip of the FIRST ORDER has extended to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Only a few scattered planets remain unoccupied. Traitorous acts are punishable by death.
Determined to quell growing discomfort, Supreme Leader KYLO REN has silenced all communication between neighboring systems.
Directed by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA, the Resistance has planned a secret mission to prevent their annihilation and forge a path to freedom …
5. Luke Skywalker’s role was much bigger.
In this version of the story, Luke Skywalker’s ghost would have played a continuous role throughout the movie, and not only would he have been helping train Rey. In this version, Luke’s ghost also haunts Kylo Ren. In fact, Kylo Ren’s first scene in the movie would have involved Luke’s ghost punishing him for following the dark path. According to Burnett, Luke’s ghost says: “This is where the dark road leads; an empty tomb.”
This is quite interesting, and is clearly a direct follow-up of Luke’s threat to Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi: “If you hit me now, I will always be with you.” So in the Destiny duel version, Luke literally takes it, following Kylo Ren, bothering him for being evil.
Luke also trains Rey in this script, (which is shaking a double-blade saber from the beginning) and even has a debate with her about the nature of “Force balance.” In what seems like a metacritical, Rey questions Luke’s credibility in an incredible exchange:
King: Balance? Darkness stifles light, light extinguishes darkness. Over and over again. How is that balance in the Force?
Luke: I know that anger. My father had it too.
Rey: That is what my teacher and his teacher say before him. A thousand teachers so eager to tell us how to live.
This is clearly very different from the friend and the king we saw in The rise of Skywalker.
4. Palpatine is in a scene and is not Rey’s grandfather
The dead speak! Only this time, it’s through a hologram. Like in The rise of Skywalker, Kylo Ren returns to the planet Mustafar, but it is to obtain a Sith Holocron, not a “Wayfinder”. In this scene, the Emperor reveals to Kylo Ren that he had a backup plan for Darth Vader if Luke and Vader ended up being the last two Sith standing. In this recorded message, Palps tells Vader to go to the planet Remnicore because there is a secret Sith master hidden there called Tor Valum.
The emperor is do not alive, and Rey is do not related to Palps in this version of the story. Also, the version of Mustafar that hits Kylo Ren is clearly Darth Vader’s castle and not the random forest area of the planet we entered. The rise of Skywalker.
As for Tor Valum, Lord Sith secret, it is not explained how the existence of this new character would have been reconciled with the “rule of the two” Sith, if he did. But Burnett says the script describes Tor Valum as “7,000 years” and “an alien of unknown origin. [with] muscular, muscular, muscular and intense … very Lovecraftian. ”So, basically, a Sith monster.
Notably, Kylo Ren’s face would have been very marked by the Sith Holocron and he would have been forced to wear some kind of new mask that was partially made of Mandalorian armor.
3) Destiny duel would have returned to two major Star Wars planets
According to Burnett, unlike The rise of Skywalker, the important events of Destiny duel It would have taken place on two very important and famous Star Wars planets: Coruscant and Mortis. In this version, the First Order has built a ruling citadel of galaxies in Coruscant, with Hux as Supreme Chancellor.
Thanks to Luke Skywalker’s diaries, Rey discovers a “Force Beacon”, hidden deep inside Coruscant, which would allow the transmission to be sent to all possible Resistance allies. A subframe involves Rose, Finn, C-3PO and R2-D2 who go to Courscant to “light the beacon.” This feels like The lord of the rings: the return of the king, which is strange, but also great. It is very clear that Rose also had a more important role in this film. (Burnett says he is an important character, but according to the summary, it’s hard to see how much more dialogue he has. However, he certainly has more to do!)
Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and Rey would Finally get to the planet Mortis, where they would basically fight to try to balance the Force. At other points in the script, Luke would point out that Rey was “something new” and was not related to anyone and that the “Force chose her” for a higher purpose.
2. Kylo Ren was not redeemed
Although Burnett says that Luke, the ghosts of Yoda’s Force and Obi-Wan would try to “free Ben Solo” in one scene, they are unsuccessful and it doesn’t seem that Ben is redeemed at all. There is also no romance or open kiss between him and Rey. It was also revealed at a time that, although Rey’s parents were “nobody,” Kylo Ren was the one who killed them because Snoke told him to do so. (Snoke is not a Palpatine puppet in this version either).
It’s hard to really see how Kylo Ren would have been redeemed or become the heroic guy we saw in The rise of Skywalker. Basically, in this version, your trip ends as a giant annoyance and a total tragedy.
1. The basic ending would have been similar, but for totally different reasons.
Finally, Burnett points out that the idea of the “good” Stormtroopers who come to the aid of the Resistance originates in this version of the script, but also says that it is handled a little more organically. Another early subplot in the script involves the Resistance stealing a Star Destroyer, complete with AT-AT and TIE Fighters, and then needs an army to operate them. Apparently, dishonest Stormtroopers help solve part of this problem, but, in the end, Lando corners a group of smugglers and that fleet of ships seems to help change course against the First Order. Which, although similar to The rise of Skywalker, it happens for apparently very different reasons.
As expected, the First Order still loses, but the overall conclusion and climax for Destiny duel It still feels cloudy. It is not clear if he only had part of the script or simply chose to summarize the ending (or if everything is a hoax) but at this point, it seems that one could imagine an ending similar to The rise of Skywalker In terms of a space battle, it simply happens over a decaying Coruscant instead of Exegol (which sounds much cooler).
Is any of this legitimate? Does it matter? At this time, we don’t know, but if there is any aspect of what Robert Meyer Burnett presents as Destiny duel was he ever really under consideration to be the real one Episode IX, you have to ask yourself: what happened?
Was Lucasfilm totally against Kylo Ren ending up as such an irredeemable character? Was it his pressure from another place to bring Palpatine back as an inherited villain? For the most part, despite all its specific differences, the great features of this story are relatively the same, at least in terms of the broader galactic policy and the eventual balance of the Force. So we are in a situation where the dark side was in the details, and for whatever reason, those details caused a civil war within the Disney empire itself.