It’s five days until the United Kingdom foreign preview release of Star Wars: the Force Awakens – Episode VII in the saga. At least, officially. There are some midnight screenings, but the official release date is still the 17th. Which is the date I’m sticking with regardless – it makes the counting-down easier. So, rather than going in release order like everyone else, I’m doing it in Episode order. Nyer. Here’s George Lucas‘ screenplay to Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.
Also worth checking out is Rod’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (The Abridged Script), which is clever enough to be the unofficial Family Guy parody version.
Lucas began developing Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith before the release of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Rather than following-through the Clone Wars sub-plot, he instead decided to focus on Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the Dark Side of the Force, which needed to be convincing for the story to work. Act I ends with Anakin killing Dooku to fully signal his new-found darkness. Working titles included Rise of the Empire, Birth of the Empire and The Creeping Fear, the title posted on the film’s website on April Fool’s Day. Revenge of the Sith was a title speculated by the fan base, which ultimately turned-out to be Lucas’ choice. Initially, Return of the Jedi was titled Revenge of the Jedi, but Lucas changed the title as Jedis, he believed, did not avenge. Revenge of the Sith is an homage to that, as Anakin takes his revenge, making him no longer a Jedi. Anakin’s plot being the centre of the film meant certain other subplots were abandoned to economically tell a focused story. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones established that the planet Kamino had been removed from the Jedi Archives, and Lucas initially stated his intention to explain this. This was later cut to spend more time with Anakin. Other references to the Original Trilogy included a meeting with the ten-year-old Han Solo on Kashyyyk, and the revelation that Palpatine is Anakin’s father by creating him from the Midi-Chlorians, explaining his virgin birth in Star Wars: Episode 1:The Phantom Menace. This was intended to mirror Anakin revealing himself as Anakin’s father. After principal photography wrapped, Lucas rewrote Anakin’s character development, which was realised through editing and reshoots. Before, Anakin believed the Jedi were plotting to take over the galaxy, but the rewrite made it appear that he simply desired to save Padme Amidala.
Script supervisor: Victoria Pike
Nominee: Saturn Award for Best Writing (2005)