The Rise Of Skywalker Finally Crosses The $1 Billion Mark

Carla Harmon
January 16, 2020

The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams returned and gave us The Rise of Skywalker, a film that has received much criticism for supposedly retconning Rian Johnson's narrative decisions in The Last Jedi.

On it's 28th day on worldwide release, The Rise of Skywalker has crept over the billion dollar mark, making it the fifth Star Wars film to reach that illustrious number and edging up the all-time global chart to 46th position, ahead of the original The Lion King and just behind The Dark Knight. They may confiscate images, such as the Star Wars leaks, but not videos that contain the voice of the man behind WOG; it is his voice after all and no one else's. Otherwise, what's the point?

Part of the profits that come from Star Wars movies is the re-watchability.

Now, Collider reports that sources familiar with Colin Trevorrow's script have confirmed the details in Burnett's video accurately reflect what was written in a particular draft for Star Wars: Episode 9. My wager is that with the Sequel Trilogy out of the way in which and the subsequent Star Wars film not due in cinemas till 2022, Disney might be on the hunt for somebody that may ship the products for the franchise in the identical method Kevin Feige can for Marvel. Said sequence would have entailed the instigation of a signal to Resistance sympathizers (a more thoroughly activated version of what we see at the end of The Rise of Skywalker, you could say), some good ol' heistin', and a psychological showdown with Hux (whom we can assume would not turn out to be a spy in this version of the story).


As in the movie, "Ben is extinguished", but not before it is revealed that he killed Rey's parents on Snoke's order. The ultimate goal of the Resistance in this draft is to activate a beacon that's situated under Coruscant created to put out a distress call to 50 planets, which they nearly achieve before the First Order stops the message from going out.

Emperor Palpatine does actually figure into the events of Duel of the Fates, though nowhere near as significantly as in The Rise of Skywalker.

Rey defeats the Knights of Ren in battle, and she finally confronts Kylo Ren himself. It's very clear the Kylo is meant to be a completely unredeemable villain, but I'm not sure how that works into the balance of the force or the end of the Jedi. It's a Holocron, which leads him to the lair of someone named Tor Valum, the Sith teacher of Palpatine.

Kylo's tragic descent into becoming Duel of Fates' Big Bad - without being redeemed along the way - feels far more earned and in keeping with the character.


In this draft of Episode IX, Finn, Rose, and BB-Eight are again at it once more on a mission on the very starting.

There are plenty of other tantalizing things in Duel of the Fates. Duel of the Fates doubled down on his villainy.

- Chewbacca piloting an X-Wing.


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