There’s a theory that, for every possible choice, there is a dimension. This means that when you had breakfast this morning, there is a universe where you had cereal, and one where you had oatmeal. Assuming this theory is true, there are a lot of movies that are very different in other dimensions. Here are a few notable examples.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
10. Return of the Jedi
To me, Boba Fett has always felt like such a wasted opportunity. You have a badass, mysterious character who was set up as the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, and in the first ten minutes of “Return of the Jedi” he gets bumped into the sarlaac pit and dies. Well, it turns out I (and many others) were right: Boba Fett was intended for a lot more. This was recently revealled by LucasFilms first official fan relations officer, Craig Miller, in an interview.
“Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire as a character, and the third movie’s plat was going to be more about Boba Fett rescuing Han Solo and all of that. Boba was gonna be the main villain… That was set up, why he was taking Han Solo away, why there was a thing with him in the Christmas special.”
An entire film featuring Boba Fett? Actually, according to Miller, the plan was even bigger than that.
“When George decided not to make a third trilogy, he completely jettisoned that story line, which is why in the first ten minutes, Boba Fett gets bumped into and falls into the mouth of a giant monster. So he took what was planned for the third trilogy, which was the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader, and the battle with the Emperor, and that got squished down from three movies to one movie. And that became the plot of ‘Jedi.'”
It’s a shocking bit of news, and makes you wonder what it would be like if Lucas had directed 12 Star Wars movies in a row, instead of 9 movies fifteen years apart. Then again, considering how the prequel trilogy turned out, it might be better that he didn’t.