Every Movie That Didn’t Happen (and Why)

the star wars is one of the highest-grossing film franchises in history and has amassed a legion of fans since its debut in 1977 with A new hope. Created by George Lucas, star wars introduced audiences to a world of characters and conflict in a galaxy far, far away. Since A new hopethere have been 11 films and several star wars Television series that have expanded audiences’ knowledge and appreciation of the world of Lucas.

As with any Hollywood production, star wars has had many ups and downs throughout its history, especially within the development department. Although there are three trilogy series – Prequels, Originals and Sequels – and two standalone films, there was a time when, for IndieWireDisney promised one star wars film every year, starting with the force awakens in 2015. While the studio delivered on its promise between 2015 and 2019, the mixed reception of its films, combined with other external factors, forced the studio to reconsider its promise. Indeed, here is a list of star wars movies that didn’t happen, and why.

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7 Episodes VII, VIII and IX of George Lucas

Before the end of the original trilogy, George Lucas already had a story that he planned to explore in nine episodes, and this can be traced back after the release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The plan was for Episode VII continue Luke’s journey as a Jedi, while Episode VIII reportedly introduced her sister (who was not Leia at the time), and Episode IX would have introduced the Emperor and featured Luke’s final battle against him. The originally planned sequel trilogy would have dealt with rebuilding the Republic and introduced a romantic partner for Luke. Many of these elements ended up being introduced in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, where Luke became a Jedi Knight as well as introducing the Emperor. Other plans that existed for these films included the election of Leia as queen of the people as well as the death of Luke.

6 Episode IX by Colin Trevorrow

In 2015, it was announced that Colin Trevorrow had joined as Star Wars: Episode IX as a director, however, in 2017 he dropped out due to reported creative differences. After this announcement, Trevorrow’s script was leaked and fans understood his take on the star wars franchise. The plot included the First Order cutting off all communications between planets and the Resistance struggling to reopen them, as well as Finn forming his own army of defected Stormtroopers and taking Force-sensitive children to a distant planet for training.

5 Prequel trilogy (original plan)

It was revealed by Gary Kutz that Lucas had plans for a prequel trilogy before the original trilogy was completed. He revealed that the plot would have centered around running The Clone Wars and training the Jedi Knights, however, these were eventually incorporated into different films. Technical advancements in the early 1990s allowed Lucas to explore greater visions on screen, which likely caused him to reconsider the plot.

4 Standalone Boba Fett Movie

After the success of star wars trilogies, it was planned that the universe would expand through the release of standalone spin-off films so that there would be less of a wait between the star wars episodes. A thug was released in 2016 to critical and commercial success. In the same way, Solo was released in 2018, but was met with less favorable reviews and did not perform well at the box office. Due to the underperformance of this film, by Geek’s Lair, plans for these types of spin-off films were dropped, which included a planned standalone film by Boba Fett. The project was announced in 2013 and had Josh Trank tied in as director, however, that plan was ultimately scrapped. Nonetheless, it won’t be until 2021 that fans will get a Boba Fett-focused production in the form of a Disney+ series called Boba Fett’s Bookof which a potential season 2 would be in preparation.

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3 Mos Eisley Spaceport Film

In 2018, rumors surfaced of a Mos Eisley Spaceport movie, which would have been part of an anthology series. However, just as quickly after the rumors surfaced, they were quashed. While this one didn’t make it past the ideation stage, there were a lot of reports surrounding it, leading us to believe there was some kind of plan or discussion at Disney and Lucasfilm.

2 Spirit’s Eye Shard

Before the star wars The franchise became the huge success we know today, Lucas wasn’t sure how the audience would react and had a back-up plan in case the film wasn’t well received. Author Alan Dean Foster was brought in to write the novelization of the first star wars film and its sequel titled Spirit’s Eye Shard so that, if the film was not successful, a low-budget sequel could be commissioned. The novel featured Luke and Leila finding themselves on a planet called Mimban as they search for the Kaiburr Crystal which can enhance the Jedi’s Force powers.

1 The Star Wars Trilogy by David Benioff and DB Weiss

In 2018, David Benioff and DB Weiss joined the star wars universe with an interest in writing a new trilogy that would focus on the distant future or distant past of the Skywalk saga. That was unfortunately cut short when the pair were approached for a new Netflix project.

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