Darth Vadar in Love
Prequel to New Hope (a plot synopsis)
(This is a restructuring of the Lucas plot into a single film with proper mythological and motivational structure. I havenít figured out how Iíll film this yet -- character miniatures, blue screen or combination of all. Iíll wait until I develop the actual script. Since Iím trying to demonstrate how the prequel should have been done, this will deviate in many places from the Lucas mythology. Although I am using the real names here, I will likely change them to my own inventions when I finally do the film)
††††††††††† Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn is fleeing planet with Padme, the Naboo Queen, trying to run the blockade of the traders who have just invaded her planet to force her world to sign an agreement. (Obi-wan Kenobi is not these scenes but on some assignment for the Jedi council elsewhere). In the process of escape, their craft is damaged and they are forced to land on the sand planet in order to find the parts they need to repair it.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious prime minister of the Republic sends Darth Maul to capture or kill the queen so she will not oppose his plans in the senate to take over the Republican and turn it into an evil empire.
††††††††††† Anakin -- a 17 year old teen and his mother are on the sand planet, slaves to a junk dealer when the Jedi and the queen show up.
††††††††††† Anakin is immediately taken with the queen.
††††††††††† Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn senses a huge presence of the force inside Anakin, and realizes his coming here is not accident, but a matter of fate.
††††††††††† It is foretold in old tales that a powerful force would come into the world, although it could be a force for good or evil.
††††††††††† Qui-Gon Jinn decides he must take Anakin back to the Jedi Council
††††††††††† But how?
††††††††††† Qui-Gon Jinn lacks the cash needed for the parts for the ship, let alone the additional cost to buy Anakin and the mother.
††††††††††† The deal says he already has a good offer for the woman from a local herder.
††††††††††† Anakin, consumed with passion for the queen, knows he has to leave the planet with her.
††††††††††† So he comes up with a scheme to participate in the race.
††††††††††† Qui-Gon Jinn and the dealer come to an agreement. The dealer will back Anakinís participation in the race. If he wins, Qui-Gon Jinn gets the parts he needs as well as the freedom for Anakin and his mother.
††††††††††† Although the other racer cheats, Anakin relies on the force to win.
††††††††††† But when they go back to collect the winnings, the dealer says heís already sold the woman to the rancher, who needs a mother to care for the kids from a previous marriage. Local tribes killed his first wife.
††††††††††† While Anakin feels torn at leaving his mother, he believes she is now in good hands, and she seems happy.
††††††††††† His decision to leave comes partly by the persuasion of Qui-Gon Jinn, who wants to train him as a Jedi Knight, but more the his passion for the queen.
††††††††††† Meanwhile the Darth Maul arrives at the dealer to find the queen gone and that she is in the company of a Jedi knight.
††††††††††† He also senses the presence of an even greater force in Anakin.
††††††††††† He threatens to kill the dealer until he gets the information where the queen, Anakin and qui-Gon Jinn went.
††††††††††† The dealer can only say where the mother went.
††††††††††† The Darth Maul reports what he has found to the Darth Sidious prime minister.
††††††††††† Darth Sidious is very concerned, not just about the queen returning to the senate to spoil his plans, but by this new force. He is also aware of the old tales, and says he needs to take control of this force and shape him to the empireís needs.
††††††††††† He tells the Darth Maul to find the young man and bring him back, or kill the boy before the Jedi can use him.
††††††††††† By the time, the Darth Maul gets to the rancher, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin and the queen are gone.
††††††††††† He kills the rancher, kidnaps Anakinís mother, although the two younger children escape .
††††††††††† Taking refuge in the camp of the savages, the Darth Maul †sends word to the Jedi Council that he has the mother. The Jedi Council contacts Qui-Gon Jinn about the situation.
††††††††††† They say they are sending† Obi-wan Kenobi to deal with the darth Maul and that Qui-Gon Jinn should return with the queen to the capital because of the impending vote.†††††††††
††††††††††† Anakin says Obi-wan Kenobi is too far away and tells Qui-Gon Jinn to take the queen to the capital and Anakin will go back to rescue his mother
††††††††††† Qui-Gon Jinn says Anakin is not yet ready for such a challenge and that it would mean going† to his doom.
††††††††††† The queen says they are all going back. Qui-Gon Jinn refuses. The queen says sheíll go back with or without him.
††††††††††† This deepens Anakinís love for her.
††††††††††† They go back, confront the Darth Maul
††††††††††† Qui-Gon Jinn dies in the fight with the clearly more powerful Darth Maul.
††††††††††† While Anakin reaches his mother during the fight, she dies in his arms. In a fit of rage, he wipes out the entire village of savages, and then goes after the Darth Maul , killing him also
††††††††††† But Anakin has a dark look in his eyes after this blood letting.
††††††††††† He vows to protect the queen and then continues to the capital where they meet with the Jedi Council.
††††††††††† The council is concerned about Anakin. His power scares them a little, but they already feel his leaning towards the dark side.
††††††††††† Reluctantly, they agreed to allow him to continue his studies under Qui-Gon Jinnís assistant, Obi-wan Kenobi until he can prove himself and earn his own place as a Jedi.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious Prime minister requests a meeting with the queen with the hopes of swaying her block of votes for him to raise an army against a rebellion on the fringes of the Republic.
††††††††††† Obi-wan Kenobi and Anakin go with the queen for this meeting. She refuses to cast a vote that would make the Darth Sidious a dictator.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious stares at Anakin and suggests that Anakin might join him later when he is fully trained. The Darth Sidious †says he can lend much to Anakinís training, showing him a side of the force the Jedi will not show him.
††††††††††† Anakin refuses, saying he will remain in the service of the queen.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious †reads much into this clearly sensing the growing love.
††††††††††† That night, an attempt is made to kill the queen.
††††††††††† Anakin and Obi-wan Kenobi chase the killer but the killer but the killer gets away. But not without leaving a clue, a rare dart.
††††††††††† Obi-wan Kenobi takes the dart to a friend, who tells him it comes from a distant system outside the Republic, a world of clones.
††††††††††† Obi-wan Kenobi leaves the queen in the care of Anakin, saying they should seek a place to hire while Obi-wan Kenobi investigates the planet.
††††††††††† Over Anakinís objections, the queen seeks a romantic place where she was raised as a child. Here, their love deepens, and they make love.
††††††††††† Meanwhile Obi-wan Kenobi goes to the planet of clones and finds that an army is being raised.
††††††††††† He finds the killer and the killer flees.
††††††††††† Obi-wan Kenobi gives chase, and is captured by another dooku , and a servant to the Darth Sidious Prime Minister.
††††††††††† dooku contacts the Darth Sidious †who suggests they use Obi-wan Kenobi as bait to bring the Queen and Anakin to them.
††††††††††† The message is sent to the queenís palace, and is relayed to the hiding place.
††††††††††† Anakin contacts the Jedi Council, who advises him to stay hidden. The council will send other Jedi to rescue Obi-wan Kenobi
††††††††††† But Anakin against the advice of the council decides to rescue Obi-wan Kenobi himself.
††††††††††† The queen, who was to tell Anakin that she is pregnant with his child or children, insists on going along. She does not want to be parted from him.
††††††††††† They arrive and are captured, too.
††††††††††† The dooku , on the behalf of the Darth Sidious , pleads for Anakin to come to the dark side.
††††††††††† Anakin says his place is with the queen.
††††††††††† So the dooku †sends them to the area to be executed as entertainment for the masses, and an example of the power of the new empire.
††††††††††† In the midst of this, the other Jedi arrive and defeat the dooku .
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious †peeved at the Jedi for upsetting his plans plots to be rid of them.
††††††††††† Anakin, still hoping to become a Jedi knight, keeps his affair with the queen secret.
††††††††††† Obi-wan Kenobi alone among the Jedi knows of it.
††††††††††† The queen, vowing not to stand in the way of Anakin becoming one of the greatest Jedi Knights ever, vows to keep away from him, is continuing to hide her pregnancy and later, the birth of his two children.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious †has heard reports of Anakinís love of the queen through one of the handmaidens back on the planet where they hid together for a time.
††††††††††† Needing some act to sway the senate into giving him the power he needs to raise an army and construct the death star, the Darth Sidious †arranges again for the queens murder. This time, having evidence planted at the scene indicating that she was murdered by the Jedi, who are leading the revolt against The Republic.
††††††††††† Obi-wan Kenobi is visiting the queen when the killers come, delivering Anakinís regrets since Anakin is on assignment as part of his eventual testing for admittance to the Jedi.
††††††††††† Despite a terrific effort, Obi-wan Kenobi failed to save the queen.
††††††††††† But he does manage to escape with the children, hiding each in a different location.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious †appears before the senate with his evidence, gets the powers he wants, then order the Jedi hunted.
††††††††††† Not yet aware of what is going on, Anakin is greeted by the Darth Sidious †and is told of the crime, and that †Obi Wan was the one who committed it.
††††††††††† At first Anakin refuses to believe the tale, but sees the flight record and other documentation showing Obi-wan Kenobi was there at the time.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious †asks Anakin to work for him, and Anakin, enraged, agrees, and leads the hunt of the Jedi, who have gone into hiding.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious †takes great pleasure at each death, and helps further Anakinís instruction into the dark side of the force so that he is better prepared to face the greater masters of the Jedi.
††††††††††† Finally, Anakin chases Obi-wan Kenobi on the fiery world, where Obi-wan Kenobi beats Anakin and leaves Anakin for dead.
††††††††††† The Darth Sidious , however, sends is minions to save Anakin and rebuild him, and continues to bring newly created Darth Vadar to the dark side.
††††††††††† Obi-wan Kenobi and Yoda, the last surviving Jedi Knights agree to keep guard over the children as they hide from the every searching minions of the Evil Empire.
Out of one of these two children, they believe, a new hope may arise.