The idea of Star Wars recycling some original ideas is nothing new. Perhaps most notably, Luke Skywalker was originally set to be called Luke Starkiller in the film. However, creator George Lucas opted out of that name, and ultimately went with a name that sounded much less ominous.
However, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm went with Starkiller Base as the name for the new iteration of the Death Star. This is one of the numerous instances of them recycling ideas, and of course, there’s no way they’d let it stop there.
Several days ago, concept artist Colin Cantwell shared an image of an old Star Destroyer model, along with a few paragraphs chronicling the creation of the ship.
The creation of the #Stardestroyer – I asked George about the scenes. We had a few words in which he described the scenes. I then asked "Is it bigger than Burbank?" to determine the size of the Imperial Cruiser and the opening scenes of the movie. The hatch concept was developed in terms of the need of actual scenes later in the movie. In the opeing I was describing something WWII-ish of a concept with a gunner in the fuscelage. The ship was designed with a lot of thought on what the viewer would experience related to the massiveness of the ship. This involved thinking of things and creating relationships between all of the ships and their interactions with each other. George and I also discussed several other topics in which I asked qualifying questions. This gave me enough information to start designing the ships. It also gave him the information to continue with his work. I was separate from George for most of that time and worked on the final products alone. I started by creating what had to be in the middle and things were added on and so forth. I basically designed this ship and other ships around the function and the impact of the ship on the viewer. The sequence of function and the emotion and it had to feel like it was already there. When starting on a ship, I never did know what it would look like by the end. PS – those fighters in the concept illustration were the original imperial attack ships. I didn't create the #TIE until much later. See the other concepts at www.cantwellcollection.com
As we know in Star Wars: A New Hope, they ended up with the much more triangular design, but in true Lucasfilm fashion, they’re not letting anything going to waste. At the New York Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled a bunch of new toys, and among them were a couple new ships…one of which may look familiar to some viewers.
2 NEW ships from the Solo movie! The "Arrestor Cruiser" and the "Imperial Hauler" pic.twitter.com/nljJ7lDMpc
— short Stormtrooper (@shortStormy) February 20, 2018
That’s right. The original Star Destroyer is now the basis for what’s being called the Arrestor Cruiser in Solo: A Star Wars Story. It really goes to show how fluid the creative process is, and drives the point home that no ideas are ever wasted.
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SOURCE: Colin Cantwell, ShortSTormy