Exclusive: Storyboards from Never-Before-Seen STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE Battle Sequence

     January 27, 2012

We’re only a few weeks away from the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in theaters. The event hopefully marks the beginning of the theatrical re-release of all the films in the Star Wars saga (given that the first few are financially successful), and in anticipation of the theatrical exhibition, Star Wars Insider Magazine is releasing a celebratory issue. The magazine has been kind enough to provide Collider with an exclusive preview at what they have in store, giving us a peek at some never-before-seen storyboards from Episode I involving a battle sequence between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn and a slew of droids. Hit the jump to take a look.

During pre-production on the first Star Wars prequel, artists pitched battle concepts showing the Jedi-led attack on Theed before penetrating the hangar during the film’s climatic battle. While the sequence didn’t make the final film, Ed Natividad drew up some storyboards for the fight. The magazine will be publishing the full storyboard sequence in their celebratory issue, and we’ve got a few of the images to share with our readers. The sequence below features Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn in a Jedi vs. droid battle.







To read more of this feature, pick up the new issue of Star Wars Insider Magazine, which hits stroes in the US and Canada on January 31st and in the UK and Ireland on February 9th. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D opens February 10th.

Finally, we’ve sent someone to LucasFilm this weekend for the Episode 1 3D press junket.  Look for some fun interviews next week.

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  • sense 11

    is that ones of those scenes when everything turns into a soulless video-game

    • Lee

      Is this one of those comments that everyone leaves because it’s popular to hate on Star Wars?

  • Northern Star

    This looks like one of the climactic scenes that appeared in the initial rough draft of ‘Episode I’, which was a little different from what ended up in the shooting script, but light years better!

    If Lucas had written the rough draft, then handed it over to Frank Darabont (as originally intended) to help co-write the final screenplay, that movie would have been a significantly better first prequel episode than what ended up onscreen…

  • tarek

    What upsets me a lot, putting aside the talentless work of Luca$, Is those useless droids. So stupid, so fragile, so…Luca$-made.

    How to turn one of the most brilliant saga into a huge galactic joke.

  • Cereza

    Hey man, everything is fragile compared to a lightsaber… you can cut anything like butter, and that is a fact since the OT.

    • Cereza

      And the Stormis aren’t quite genius you know? =D

      • tarek

        And what is a Stormis my Precious ? Oh you meant StormTroopers… Well, at least they don’t look like pretty toys. Luca$ meant them to look like toys for an obvious purpose.

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