As much as some fans dislike it, at the end of the day Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the final episode in the Skywalker saga that we got. However, there is no forgetting the fact that Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow was originally supposed to be the one writing and directing Star Wars: Episode 9.
Only, after submitting his script, Lucasfilm had him pulled from the project and hired The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams to be the film’s new director. Which ultimately resulted in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a film that disappointed many a number of hardcore Star Wars fans.
As such, it is inevitable that many fans will be left wondering just what they could have gotten with Trevorrow’s original script. Thankfully, a YouTuber by the name of Mr. Sunday Movies has turned Trevorrow’s unused script into an animated short summary of the whole film, with art by artist Ethan Taylor.
In what is probably the next best thing for fans till Lucasfilm announces its next big movie project, we get a glimpse of what could have been with Trevorrow’s Duel of the Fates. There is significantly more lightsaber-based mutilation, less romance between Rey and Kylo Ren, and definitely no clone Emperor Palpatine. He is most definitely dead in this version of Star Wars: Episode 9.
However, the animated summary, as good as it was, also highlighted to us a possible reason why the script got shafted. The ending did not feel like much of an ending, there was no decisive closure to four decades worth of Star Wars movies. It just seemed to end and that is possibly why J.J. Abrams script was the one we ultimately got.
At the end of the day, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the movie we got and though it failed to resonate with fans, it did earn over a billion dollars in the global box office, making it a certified financial success for Lucafilm.
Who knows, perhaps with Mr. Sunday Movie’s animated summary, we might get to see a full feature-length animated version of Trevorrow’s script out one day. But till then, we’ve just got to be happy with what we got.