The Untold Story Behind Colin Trevorrow’s Unmade Star Wars Finale

The Journey to Star Wars: Duel of Fates

Did you know that Colin Trevorrow, the star director behind Jurassic World, was supposed to direct the last part of Star Wars sequel trilogy? Yeah, it’s true. Trevorrow and his regular writing buddy, Derek Connolly, whipped up a script for a film named “Star Wars: Duel of Fates.” The title sounds familiar, right? It’s from the much-loved musical score in the prequel series.

But Here’s the Twist!

Differences in creative views led to Colin Trevorrow stepping down from the project. Taking over the directing reins, J.J. Abrams revised the script substantially. Now, several fans wonder how things would have turned out if Trevorrow’s version made it to the big screen.

The Script Leak and What Fans Had to Say

Before Abrams started tweaking the script, Trevorrow’s original screenplay floated around the internet. Many Star Wars fans found his draft more impressive than what eventually surfaced in “The Rise of Skywalker.” Yet, not everyone was thrilled by Trevorrow’s plotline.

The Point of Contention

A bone of contention with fans was a part in the script where Yoda thanks Rey for teaching Jedi to harmonise the light and dark side. This was against the grain of George Lucas’s original Jedi lore that teaches to embrace the darkness yet still choose the light. The perceived deviation from the original storyline did not sit well with the fans, to say the least.

What Led to Trevorrow’s Departure?

Even though Trevorrow and Connolly were credited in “The Rise of Skywalker,” their original storyline underwent considerable changes. Some fans even liked Trevorrow’s first draft more than the final product from Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio.

Trevorrow’s decision to step down from the director’s seat followed mixed reviews to Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” and the sad departure of much-loved actress Carrie Fisher. These events led to many changes to Trevorrow’s original screenplay causing a fallout with Lucasfilm.

Lucasfilm made it clear this was a mutual decision, with both sides having different visions for the ninth episode of the Star Wars saga.

Implications on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

While major changes were made, the final film still carried a few elements from Duel of Fates. For example, the Sith hologram that Kylo Ren comes across in Mustafar was part of Trevorrow’s original vision.

After bowing out from the project, Trevorrow admitted that it was tough to let go, but he’s optimistic about the future of the franchise. He still contributes to the cinematic universe through other projects.

So, What Now?

As we speak, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is streaming on Disney+. You can watch and wonder what could have been if Trevorrow stuck around till the end. No matter which side of the fence you sit on, it’s always interesting to see how different the same story could have been with another creative mind at the helm.

After all, isn’t wondering ‘what if’ a big part of the fun of being a Star Wars fan? Happy viewing!

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