Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker originally had a different MacGuffin…but does it matter?
As we learned earlier this week, the script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker went through near-constant changes, according to co-writer Chris Terrio. Feeling it was never good enough, he and J.J. Abrams seemed to get lost in their quest to end the trilogy in the way they thought best.
Today we learn a specific aspect of the script that went through these changes. The object that was pursued in the film, known in cinema as the MacGuffin wasn’t always the Sith Wayfinder that led to Exegol. At one time it was a sort of fail-safe that would disable all First Order technology. In The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Matthew Savage, a concept designer of the film goes into further detail, you can check it out below.
“Kill switch for all First Order tech, constructed over many generations by and Empire-hating alien race.”
“We went from the MacGuffin, for which we probably did twenty or thirty mockup designs, to the Codex. And from the Codex, it became something else. And then, eventually, we hit the wayfinder.”
I’m not sure I would have enjoyed one over the other. I don’t particularly care for either as a MacGuffin. Both seemed sort of shoved into the story, much in the way Emperor Palpatine just showed up. Most of the trilogy seems like the writers got lost in a sea of ideas and hard difficulty connecting the dots.
Would have you have preferred the First Order kill-switch as opposed to the Sith wayfinder? Does the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker MacGuffin even matter? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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Source: The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (via CBM)