The internet is coming down with rumours today – seemingly started over at aintitcool – that the upcoming Star Wars live-action series is going to heavily feature time-travel.
Rick McCallum confirmed the series was going to be called Star Wars: Underword just a few short weeks back and also confirmed that it world feature the dark, seedy underbelly of the Star Wars universe and would be close in tone to Empire Strikes Back and would have seedy politicians controlling things from the shadows, creating the empire we know from the original trilogy.
But now a new rumour has surfaced that the series will feature a gang who steal a time-travel machine and use it to go back and stop Anakin from turning to the dark side.
Do we believe this? No. It’s got no solid proof or evidence. The source at aintitcool is an unknown one, so it’s unlikely this came from Lucas, McCallum or even Lucasfilm.
But… would this halting of Vader have a big significance on the universe? Would Dooku and Ventress rule the galaxy under the control of Palpatine? Would the twins still be the great white hope of the galaxy only under the tutelage of real Jedi.. their father, perhaps? Could it be part of a mini-arc within the series ala the Twilight zone where the universe turns out worse and everythng has to be returned to the way it was? Even this feels like dodgy ground… uncle George gets a hard enough time when he dabbles with Star Wars, but this could turn the fans off in droves…
JJ Abrams changed Star Trek lore with his Star Trek a few years back but nothing on this scale. Would the fans accept it? The EU (comics, books, games) has dabbled with the idea of time-travel in the Star Wars universe, but it’s never felt like it belonged in the movies.. although it could be argued time-travel played a part in the Clone Wars arc The Mortis Trilogy last year.
Personally, I don’t see this being true… it’s certainly an interesting concept. But, as a fan, I feel it belongs as a comic or novel, not in the ‘canon’ material of the live-action show.
So rest-assured we at FTN are confident that this is hoakum… but I’d be lying if I said a part of me isn’t curious. Just a little bit, anyway…