In a fascinating turn of events, a once-rejected Star Wars pitch has resurfaced, promising to shed light on the origins of the franchise’s most iconic weapon, the lightsaber. The initial concept, “The First Jedi,” was conceived by renowned Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, intending to explore the formation of the Jedi Order and the genesis of the first lightsaber.
However, after the much-debated final season of Game of Thrones, Benioff and Weiss found themselves departing from the Star Wars project. The reasons cited were busy schedules, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the duo revealed the core premise of their unfulfilled vision: “how the Jedi Order came to be, why it came to be, [and] the first lightsaber.”
Despite the setback, the Star Wars universe appears determined to revisit the ancient roots of the Jedi. At the Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy unveiled a roster of new projects, including a Rey-focused sequel by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a New-Republic-based TV show tie-in directed by Dave Filoni, and a “biblical epic” titled “Dawn of the Jedi” helmed by James Mangold, acclaimed director of Logan.
This new prequel film, Dawn of the Jedi, remarkably aligns with the essence of Benioff and Weiss’ earlier pitch. Although specific details may differ, the overarching idea of exploring the early days of the Jedi and the creation of the first lightsaber seems to persist. The parallels between Dawn of the Jedi and the duo’s concept are undeniable, raising intriguing questions about the development process and the influence of earlier proposals.
Dawn of the Jedi draws inspiration from existing Star Wars lore, particularly the non-canon comic series of the same name that ran from 2012 to 2014. In this series, the lightsaber, then known as the forcesaber, was invented by the Rakata, an ancient alien species considered among the first wielders of the Force. The Je’daii Order, a precursor to the Jedi Order, combined Rakata technology with innovative forging techniques to create The First Blade – the inaugural true lightsaber, later featured as an ancient artifact in the Knights of the Old Republic game (now non-canonical).
While Benioff and Weiss won’t be steering this cinematic journey, the prospect of Mangold exploring the forcesaber’s origins or drawing inspiration from existing source material is captivating. Despite the divergence in creative vision, there appears to be continuity in the thematic exploration of the lightsaber’s early history.
Remarkably, the willingness of Lucasfilm to revisit and embrace a concept previously deemed unwanted in 2019 underscores the ever-evolving creative direction of the Star Wars franchise. The unveiling of a Jedi origins picture just four years later signifies a significant shift in narrative priorities and offers fans an intriguing glimpse into what promises to be a captivating exploration of the Star Wars universe’s foundational mysteries.
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