8 Cool Stories From The Making of Revenge of the Sith Book

Where there's a Star Wars movie, there's a making-of book and Revenge of the Sith is no exception. J.M. Rinzler has done a few of these now and The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is one that has some particularly cool stories about the movie's conception and production that are worth sharing.

According to Rick McCallum’s introduction to the book, it was while directing an episode of Young Indiana Jones that George Lucas got it into his head that he might be up for directing again.

This eventually spilled over into the prequels, of which George directed all three.

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We think the coolest idea that got nixed was a young Han solo turning up to help Yoda out. Read on for more details! These are eight cool stories from the book The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

8. A Revenge of the Sith Scene Was Filmed During Attack of the Clones

The Revenge of the Sith scene in which Obi-Wan Kenobi hands over young Luke to Owen Lars was filmed 5 years before during filming for Attack of the Clones.
This was done to avoid having to go back and re-film the Skywalker moisture farm, thus saving on production costs (and also guaranteeing that the same actors would be available).

7. Boba Fett, Where?

This is a very brief one and it didn't end up happening, but George Lucas considered including a teenage Boba Fett in the movie by having him get caught up in the Clone Wars.

6. Lucas Revealed Something Cool About Force Lightning During Filming

Another brief one. Darth Vader‘s hands were chopped off by Obi-Wan Kenobi, which was the explanation given as to why Vader is unable to use Sith Force Lightning. That makes a lot of sense.

5. A Young Han Solo Was To Play a Small Part

At one point Lucas had scripted a ten-year-old Han Solo to have a role. Han would have assisted Yoda in tracking the fleeing General Grievous.
This would have occurred on the planet Kashyyyk and would also have meant that Chewbacca and Han would have already established their relationship.

Lucas was pretty serious about this idea, and the book shows that he ordered a concept design to be drawn up of the young Han Solo.

It was probably a good move to cut the character – it was almost already too cute that Yoda knew Chewbacca as part of the Clone Wars.

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4. On Mustafar

Lucas long carried the idea of Obi-Wan Kenobi confronting Darth Vader on a volcano. He tried to get the volcano idea into Return of the Jedi at one point (the Emperor’s throne room was imagined as such in concept art) but Revenge of the Sith gave him the opportunity to realize his vision in the duel on Mustafar.

Lucas said “I’ve always had this set piece between Obi-Wan and Anakin. I’ve always known where this movie was going to end up. It’s all this volcanic land, with all this lava shooting up. It’s almost monochromatic in all its red and blackness. I’ve had that image with me for a long time.”

3. An Opportunity To Tidy Up Empire

Many fans that have viewed the special edition of The Empire Strikes Back that was released on DVD know that Ian McDiarmid re-filmed the scene where Palpatine and Vader discuss having a new enemy, that being Luke.
This new scene was recorded during the making of Revenge of the Sith. It was the perfect opportunity as McDiarmid was in the prosthetics as to how Palpatine looked in Return of the Jedi.
This means Lucas was able to replace the “monkey” version of Palpatine that was originally released and to allow for a strong continuity as to how the Emperor looked. McDiarmid's voice-over replaced the original work done by Clive Revill. 

Lucas also took the opportunity to subtly revise the dialogue between the two Sith Lords to reflect how the prequel story had played out.

2. Steven Spielberg Helped Out With That Duel.

Steven Spielberg helped out with the plotting and development of the duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin.  He described a drafted shot where Obi-Wan parts a wave of molten lava as the “Moses shot” as it felt biblical and mythological.

1. How Much Does It Cost a Minute To Make a Star Wars Movie?

Some back-of-the-envelope calculations by the film set crew estimated that it cost $333 dollars per minute to film the movie (does not include CGI), so that meant a three-minute break to move a cable set the production back 1000 bucks.

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