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05.21.2014

A long, long time ago George Lucas approached David Lynch, who had been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for THE ELEPHANT MAN in 1980, to helm RETURN OF THE JEDI. Lynch declined with "next door to zero interest" and went on to direct DUNE.

If you already knew that, turn off the caps and don't be mad, I'm just reiterating the tale as it helps with this here video I’m about to share. A YouTube user named C-SPIT uploaded a clip that lets us see what RETURN OF THE JEDI might have looked like had Lynch decided taken on the project. Cutting scenes from Jedi in fantastic Lynch style complete with lots of dissolves and random screams. The results are horrific and hilarious.

Extra Tidbit: Lynch claimed that listening to Lucas talk about "things called Wookies" gave him a headache.
Source: YouTube

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9:40AM on 05/22/2014
I love this!
I love this!
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9:15AM on 05/22/2014
That was hilarious! Nice work by those guys. I AM NOT AN ANIMAL!!!
That was hilarious! Nice work by those guys. I AM NOT AN ANIMAL!!!
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2:40AM on 05/22/2014
David Lynch films trip me ouuut. Like it messes with my soul. Its frikin weird man
David Lynch films trip me ouuut. Like it messes with my soul. Its frikin weird man
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1:57AM on 05/22/2014

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that trailer was pretty flipping cool

But I think it's interesting that Lynch was so freaking elitist when we approached by Lucas considering that Empire turned out infinitely better than his Dune film. Don't get me wrong, I actually enjoy Dune quite a bit (both the novel and Lynch's film) but Lynch's film was a very mixed bag and only a shadow of what it could have been.
But I think it's interesting that Lynch was so freaking elitist when we approached by Lucas considering that Empire turned out infinitely better than his Dune film. Don't get me wrong, I actually enjoy Dune quite a bit (both the novel and Lynch's film) but Lynch's film was a very mixed bag and only a shadow of what it could have been.
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12:49AM on 05/22/2014
That Lucas even considered Lynch for ROTJ goes to show how little the man understands his own creation. Before the PT came out I knew about this...should've been a massive warning sign.
That Lucas even considered Lynch for ROTJ goes to show how little the man understands his own creation. Before the PT came out I knew about this...should've been a massive warning sign.
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10:25PM on 05/21/2014

Yoda talking backwards haha.

Silencio.
Silencio.
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10:19PM on 05/21/2014

Roy Orbison :)

Nice touch!!
Nice touch!!
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9:47PM on 05/21/2014

You guys should post David Lynch's PS2 commercials.

I liked it. Love anything from Lynch truthfully, but if he did it, it would be more dreamlike.
I liked it. Love anything from Lynch truthfully, but if he did it, it would be more dreamlike.
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9:39PM on 05/21/2014
I always thought a David Lynch version of Star Wars would be Farscape.
I always thought a David Lynch version of Star Wars would be Farscape.
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