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Brad Bird shares how he would have made Return of the Jedi awesome

Mar. 19, 2013by: Alex Maidy

RETURN OF THE JEDI is the least of the original trilogy of STAR WARS movies, but that is still heads and tails better than a lot of movies out there. I have fond memories of JEDI, including the Ewoks. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be open to what other filmmakers would have done with it. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, but it is fun to play revisionist.

Brad Bird got to know comedian Patton Oswalt when the two worked on Pixar's RATATOUILLE and being the nerds they are, the topic got to STAR WARS. Oswalt shared this anecdote about how Bird told him he would have changed the opening of RETURN OF THE JEDI in a recent interview with Esquire.

I was talking with [director] Brad Bird one time, and he said it's like the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Luke shows up and he's a badass. He said they should've opened it with Luke in the swamp saying to Yoda, "You said 'Don't go.' I said 'F#@& you, I'm gonna go help my friends.' I went and got my hand cut off and my friends are in even worse trouble because of what I did. I f#$@ed up everything." And then Yoda should have gone, "Now you're a Jedi. Now you're beyond the fear of failure. Now you're ready." That would have made it even cooler.

This news makes me want even more for Brad Bird to helm a future STAR WARS movie, but for now we will have to wait patiently for TOMORROWLAND and see if J.J. Abrams messes up EPISODE VII.

Source: Blastr

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11:03PM on 03/19/2013
Just like Drumphantom 38, Return of the Jedi is my favourite Star Wars film. It feels the most fun and entertaining, and I just love how Vader's redemption and Luke's becoming a Jedi Knight was portrayed. That and the metal bikini.
Just like Drumphantom 38, Return of the Jedi is my favourite Star Wars film. It feels the most fun and entertaining, and I just love how Vader's redemption and Luke's becoming a Jedi Knight was portrayed. That and the metal bikini.
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9:18PM on 03/19/2013

When...

will these writers stop injecting their own unneeded opinions into articles? Every damn article has the writer giving their two cents about the topic. It's bothersome and unprofessional. Write the fucking article, we don't care about your opinions.
will these writers stop injecting their own unneeded opinions into articles? Every damn article has the writer giving their two cents about the topic. It's bothersome and unprofessional. Write the fucking article, we don't care about your opinions.
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7:44AM on 03/20/2013
When... will Joblo stop allowing us to strike back with our own opinions? Every damn article has strike backs with schmoes giving their two cents about the topic. It's bothersome and unprofessional. Why can't we just have the information without anybody's opinions?
When... will Joblo stop allowing us to strike back with our own opinions? Every damn article has strike backs with schmoes giving their two cents about the topic. It's bothersome and unprofessional. Why can't we just have the information without anybody's opinions?
3:18AM on 03/21/2013
lol. Listen, Joblo has always been that way and hopefully will always be. No offense to them but these aren't writers for the New York Times or winners of nobel prizes for their outstanding penmanship and if you don't like it, either apply here within to be a columnist and show everyone how it should be done (it's fairly simple. they look for writers at least once a year) or go somewhere else. It's really that simple.
lol. Listen, Joblo has always been that way and hopefully will always be. No offense to them but these aren't writers for the New York Times or winners of nobel prizes for their outstanding penmanship and if you don't like it, either apply here within to be a columnist and show everyone how it should be done (it's fairly simple. they look for writers at least once a year) or go somewhere else. It's really that simple.
6:32PM on 03/19/2013

Don't agree

Love Bird but Luke showing up as a total badass at Jabba's lair is one the best moments of the damn film, over explaining would've killed it.
Love Bird but Luke showing up as a total badass at Jabba's lair is one the best moments of the damn film, over explaining would've killed it.
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5:50PM on 03/19/2013
I like Jedi, but Empire Strike Back will always be the ultimate Star Wars film as far as I am concerned.

I hope we get the chance one day to see Bird direct a Star Wars film.
I like Jedi, but Empire Strike Back will always be the ultimate Star Wars film as far as I am concerned.

I hope we get the chance one day to see Bird direct a Star Wars film.
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5:48PM on 03/19/2013
Meh. Hits the nail too much on the head. Doesn't need to be explained through dialogue right off the bat.
Meh. Hits the nail too much on the head. Doesn't need to be explained through dialogue right off the bat.
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5:28PM on 03/19/2013
RotJ could have been the best if the entire ewok thing was avoided. Not to play that tired card, and not to say there's plenty of tackiness in all the films, but I struggle with the idea of what sorts of awesome could have filled in that wasted time
RotJ could have been the best if the entire ewok thing was avoided. Not to play that tired card, and not to say there's plenty of tackiness in all the films, but I struggle with the idea of what sorts of awesome could have filled in that wasted time
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2:18PM on 03/20/2013
Well from what I remember about the DVD commentary, the original idea was to have Wookies, but finding enough guys that were that tall would have been impossible. So they used midgets.
Well from what I remember about the DVD commentary, the original idea was to have Wookies, but finding enough guys that were that tall would have been impossible. So they used midgets.
4:59PM on 03/19/2013

The least my ass!!!!!

Return of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars film with Empire Strikes Back as a very close second. I hate when people say a New Hope is the best because it was the 1st one made but Empire and Jedi and better.
Return of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars film with Empire Strikes Back as a very close second. I hate when people say a New Hope is the best because it was the 1st one made but Empire and Jedi and better.
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6:11PM on 03/19/2013
Well, there was a time I felt that way, just because Empire and Jedi sort of bleed into each other (very cool that they do, I hadn't seen that done on film before), but when I was a kid, I couldn't decide which was better, so I said I liked A New Hope.
Well, there was a time I felt that way, just because Empire and Jedi sort of bleed into each other (very cool that they do, I hadn't seen that done on film before), but when I was a kid, I couldn't decide which was better, so I said I liked A New Hope.
9:26PM on 03/19/2013
Return of the Jedi is also my favorite Star Wars movie, always has been...
Return of the Jedi is also my favorite Star Wars movie, always has been...
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