Pirates And Princesses reports:
Disney was originally designing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to be based upon the Mos Eisley spaceport
Former Disney World VP: Kathleen Kennedy Pushed for ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ to be Based on Sequel Trilogy
Former Walt Disney World VP Dan Cockerell is breaking his silence about what exactly went down with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge behind the scenes, and it’s not going to make a lot of disgruntled Star Wars fans happy to know what could have been.
It turns out that, yes, Disney was originally designing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to be based upon the Mos Eisley spaceport on Tatooine, complete with Cantina (now Oga’s Cantina) and likely Docking Bay 94 (now Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run).
We had just purchased Lucasfilm, and it started to become the talk about, okay, if you’re going to bring (Star Wars) to life, where are we going to do that?
And (Disney’s Hollywood) Studios ended up being the place. Because that’s where A, it seemed to fit the best and it was the park that needed the update the most, to replace some of the experiences.
So, we worked on that project for a couple of years. There were artists looking at layouts of the park. You just get a big aerial view and you get a big Magic Marker and you start saying “What if THIS was here?” or “What if THAT was there?”
So you start blocking off these big chunks of space, and that kinda drills all the way down, and you keep going until you get to the attraction level and what the offerings are.
And so we did it for a couple of years, and we had the Epic Theater, you know the Indiana Jones theater, that was going to be the heart of Star Wars Land. That was going to go away and we were going to plug it right in there.
The Mos Eisley Cantina was going to be right across from Star Tours. We had all kinds of great concepts with that.
We’d gotten WAY down the path on our drawings, but we hadn’t gotten into architectural drawings or anything.
And then we got a call one day.
They said “We got some news for you all.” And the Imagineering guys, they’ve heard this line many, many times during their careers. But I had never been through this.
They said “Well, yesterday Bob Iger met with Kathleen Kennedy, who a lot of people may know is sort of George Lucas’ protege, and headed up Lucasfilm, And they had a conversation, a meeting, and Kathleen Kennedy, her point of view was there are way more Disney Star Wars stories ahead of us than behind us. So we really should think about, do we want to build a Tatooine and build what all of the fiftysomethings remember Star Wars as, or do we want to build something else which is going to appeal to all the upcoming generations who are going to know the new stories.”
And that day Tatooine was killed at the Studios
And that day Tatooine was killed at the Studios. And all those concepts were put on a shelf. I’m sure they’re sitting in a vault, and I’m sure they’re going to be shown someday about what that land would’ve looked like, and what the attractions were going to be.
The Imagineering team… we got off the phone and I was like “Can you guys believe this?” and they said “This is terrible, we’ve been working on this…”
I said “What’s next?” and they said “Well, we get on a call tomorrow and start over.”
I said “That’s it?” They said “Go out tonight, go have a few beers, cry in your drink, come back tomorrow, and we’re starting again.”
They had been through this before. They know that until it’s signed, and until you start breaking ground, that none of these projects are guaranteed.
They came back the next day and acted just as excited as they were two years earlier. I was really impressed by their optimism. And they dug into it, and that’s what you see today.
When you make it relevant for today, you simultaneously make it irrelevant for tomorrow. Hence the emptiness of Galaxy’s Edge.
And you can bet that Kathy’s mentality has infected the entirety of the franchise, which is why everyone needs to stop spending money on anything produced by Disney. Those who don’t think that Katheen Kennedy has an agenda, need to watch my documentary, Kathleen Kennedy’s Bitter Agenda.
Originally published here.