Sunday, August 15, 2010

Return of the Jedi - original "down" ending revealed

George Lucas has revealed how his original ending for the blockbuster-smash-sequel The Return of the Jedi was much more of a downer than the commercially-fuelled film that was actually made. In the original ending, the Ewok civilisation was wiped out by a sexually transmitted disease introduced by Chewbacca. Also the ghost of the Emperor returns and used uses Force-powered Ghostbuster-style technology to suck up and capture the ghosts of Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Anekin Skywalker. In the new democratic galaxy, former royals are forced to work and Leia finds herself in Jabba the Hutt's old den - now a sleazy club - dancing for a living in a gold bikini. Most fans say they would have preferred this ending.