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‘Star Wars’ fan creates comic based on ‘Duel of the Fates’ leaked script

A ‘Star Wars’ fan decided to create a comic book based on Colin Trevorrow’s leaked ‘Duel of the Fates’ script

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Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

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A “Star Wars”fan decided to create a comic book based on the leaked “Star Wars: Episode IX” script from Colin Trevorrow, which had been called “Duel of the Fates.”

What’s going on?

“Star Wars” fan Andrew Winegarner recently created the adaptation for “Duel of the Fates” — the leaked script for “Episode IX” before JJ Abrams took over and turned it into “Rise of Skywalker” — after working on it for more than a year.

  • Winegarner tweeted the announcement: “Hey, Star Wars fans. I’ve been working the past year on a comic book adaptation of Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars Episode IX script ‘Duel of the Fates’ and I’d like you to check it out! (It will be 7 issues total when completed.)”

The comic book can be found on the internet right now.

Winegarner told IGN he started working on his favorite scenes of the script before he started working on an entire issue. He said he plans to fill out the rest of the story in the near future.

  • “Like many fans, I was disappointed with ‘The Rise of Skywalker,’ a retread of ‘Return of the Jedi’ that didn’t seem to follow the trajectory of the story set up in ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi,’” Winegarner said, according to IGN. “I was thrilled that Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly’s ‘Duel of the Fates’ leaked, both the script and amazing pre-production artwork, which I incorporate into my adaptation.”

Context

“Star Wars: Duel of the Fates” reportedly was the title of Trevorrow’s version of “Episode IX,” which was never made after Disney and Lucasfilm decided to go with J.J. Abrams instead, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  1. Luke Skywalker would have trained both Rey and Kylo Ren in the film.
  2. Rey would have used a double-bladed lightsaber.
  3. Kylo Ren would have spent time on Mustafar and would have found a villain called Tor Valuum, who would have been revealed as one of Palpatine’s teachers. This original draft did not include Emperor Palpatine.
  4. Finn, Poe and the Resistance would have stolen a Star Destroyer, battling against the First Order.
  5. Rey and Kylo Ren’s final battle would have been on the planet Mortis — a planet with a lot of connections to The Force that was previously seen in “The Clone Wars” animated series.
  6. Coruscant, the Jedi Temple and more locations from the prequel would have been included.

Flashback

In January 2020, several images of concept art for Trevorrow’s leaked script surfaced online, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. The concept art used descriptions from the script. Interestingly, those posts no longer appear on social media.