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Old 05-10-2017, 04:04 PM   #1
NealKenneth
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Default Saga of The Skywalkers - what might have been

This is going to be a bit of an odd post, but I couldn't get the idea out of my head.

Sometime after the release of Titanic, George Lucas finally got the itch to revisit Star Wars. In the meantime, he and frequent collaborator Steven Spielberg had expanded their horizons into several different properties, including animated classics like The Land Before Time.

Although a creative genius, George knew he struggled with directing and therefore he approached at least three different directors to helm his return to the series, but unfortunately everyone turned him down. Sometime earlier, Spielberg had founded studio named Dreamworks Animation and they were striving to gain a foothold in the industry. They partnered with another team of animators to release a miniseries named Invasion America, which aired during prime time on The WB. Although well-made, it failed to gain traction and is now largely forgotten.

It's impossible to turn back time, but if I could go back and "save Star Wars" there was never a better oppurtunity.

What if Spielberg had worked with Lucas to helm, instead of a prequel trilogy of films, a major cartoon anthology set in the universe of Star Wars that would air on primetime for major television networks?

Clone Wars is already proof that such a concept can succeed under the guidance of Lucas. Spielberg would also produce it, virtually ensuring quality. And the animation style of Invasion America was perfectly suited to Star Wars. The series would have begun in 1999 or 2000, possibly premiering after an animated film to introduce essential characters like Anakin, Padme, and Palpatine (similar to how Clone Wars released a film of the first few episodes.) What might have been!

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