Star Wars legend Alan Dean Foster has revealed he has created his treatment for the final installment in the Skywalker saga
Alan Dean Foster is a prolific author and technically the first Expanded Universe author. He ghost-wrote the novelization for the original film, and the planned low budget sequel script novel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.
Splinter is one of my favorite novels from the old EU and I remember reading it twice. In 2015, Disney decided to show respect to Foster by allowing him to pen The Force Awakens novelization. In the novelization, we see how talented Alan is as he explains the mumbo jumbo science of how Starkiller Base’s weapon works. Now, I have no idea if the sub-hyperspace and Quintessence energy was his invention, but it blew my mind as sci-fi is not as good as being innovative like it used to be.
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Now fast-forward almost 6 years later, and Foster has divulged a stunning revelation. The author HATED Episode 8 and felt such a strong responsibility to the franchise, that he penned his own Episode 9, to try and fix the “mistakes” made in the Rian Johnson film. He felt various parts of it were silly, and when it comes to certain things; he was correct. Now, the cool thing I want to talk about is that Alan Dean Foster, with his excellent imagination, devised a “sci-fi-y” reason as to why Rey’s powers progressed so quickly and unrealistically.
As he envisioned it, Rey would a neurodegenerative disease that would require her to have a majority of her brain replaced with electronics. The implants would change her personality (make it more affable to droids) and boost her Force powers artificially. This may seem “silly” as well, but I happen to think it’s very innovative and a good reminder to fans, that this IS a sci-fi universe. The notion that cybernetics and the Force can intertwine, is certainly not a new concept in Star Wars.
In the old canon, there was a Dark Jedi named Irek Ismaren who had an implant that allowed him to use the mind trick on droids. There was a Sith Lord named Belia Darzu, who created a plague based on technology and the dark side, that could turn innocent organics into lobotomized cyborg slave warriors. This is all non-canon now, but in Disney canon, there is a scientist who looks to replace the Sith and Jedi with cybernetically enhanced warriors; so Rey having a fusion of electronics and the Force is not so far-fetched. It could even be seen as the next evolution of the Force.
Some of Foster’s ideas, however, did not stick with me as I did not want to see Luke Skywalker die under a tree with his last words being Beru Lars. It is a little bizarre, and possibly unique to Alan’s own experience with Star Wars. BUT I love the Rey stuff and wouldn’t have minded it at all if they went in that direction. What do you think? Do you like Alan Dean Foster’s “Episode XI“?
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!