The Star Wars universe has a total of 11 movies, two being part of Disney’s anthology series, but many other projects were never made. The Star Wars franchise has gone through many ups and downs, including both some very successful movies and others that drew a lot of backlash. Regardless, this universe continues to be one of the most popular and profitable in the realm of sci-fi and fantasy. Despite the Skywalker Saga coming to an end in 2019, the franchise has only continued expanding through TV, books, comics, video games, and the announcement of three upcoming Star Wars movies.

However, with the expansion of a franchise being spearheaded by a studio as large as Disney comes many ideas of how Star Wars should move forward. As a result, many different concepts over the years have not made it past the early stages of development for one reason or another. Whether a change in writers and directors, lack of interest from the audience, or the studio changing its mind, many unmade and canceled Star Wars projects exist across both TV and film. Here is every one of those projects explained, and why they did not see the light of day in favor of newly-announced movies and upcoming Star Wars TV shows.

Even before the original trilogy was completed, George Lucas had plans for multiple Star Wars trilogies. By the time The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, he already had the story treatments for nine episodes. As per many rumors, Episode VII would have continued Luke’s journey as a Jedi, Episode VIII would have introduced his sister (who was not Leia at that point), and the final episode would have introduced the Emperor and featured Luke’s final battle against him.

George Lucas’ Star Wars sequel trilogy would have also dealt with the rebuilding of the Republic and would have given Luke a romantic partner. However, as was made clear by the events of Return of the Jedi, many of these elements were ultimately scrapped or incorporated into 1983’s final film in the Star Wars original trilogy. From Luke becoming a Jedi Knight to the presence of his sister Leia and the Emperor’s final confrontation with Luke, Return of the Jedi was used as a capper for Lucas’ original story outline.

Some other plans Lucas had for the sequel trilogy, and specifically the closing chapter of the saga, were Leia being elected “Queen of her people”, Han Solo’s death, Luke living alone after what happened between him and Darth Vader, Luke training Leia in the ways of the Force, and Luke’s death. It is interesting that many of these elements still made it into Disney’s eventual sequel trilogy; Han Solo died in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke lived in exile after what transpired with Kylo Ren and was also killed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had Leia briefly train as a Jedi.

Despite Disney adopting some of Lucas’ plans, his original idea to incorporate them into his own sequel trilogy did not transpire for various reasons. For one, Lucas was always very indecisive and kept changing his mind about where the story of Star Wars should go. Similarly, some elements from the sequels made it into other movies as was the case with Return of the Jedi. Finally, Lucas began working on the prequel trilogy in the 1990s. While Lucas insisted during the prequels’ production that there was no intention to create a Star Wars sequel trilogy, this changed once he left the franchise in Disney’s hands.

In August 2015, Disney announced that Colin Trevorrow had joined Star Wars: Episode IX as director. However, the filmmaker dropped out of the project in August 2017, citing creative differences as the reason for his departure, which was later reported to be due to Trevorrow’s failure to deliver a satisfactory script. After the culmination of the Skywalker Saga, Trevorrow’s script for what would have been Star Wars: Duel of the Fates leaked meaning fans got an idea of what his version of Episode IX would have been like.

Among the elements fans would have seen in Trevorrow’s version of Star Wars 9 was the concept of the First Order cutting off all communications between planets in the galaxy. The core conflict of the film would then have been the Resistance fighting to rectify this and free the galaxy from the First Order’s oppression by attacking the organization’s main base on Coruscant. Part of this fight by the Resistance involved Finn forming an army of defective Stormtroopers while Rey searches for the planet of Mortis to confront Kylo once and for all.

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