Anyway, here are seven scenes in chronological order to start off Star Wars VII: The Dark Legacy. I am not saying this is well written material but the core idea is in place, which is: Two young characters arrive on desolate planet to seek and find the legendary captain Han Solo. I haven't thought of an opening crawl yet. In this first rough vision, which I admit lacks a little bit color and zest, there is one wink to a line spoken by Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back ("Yeah, you're a real hero") and even that I feel is taking it too far (can you imagine how I felt with the endless nods and winks in the prequels)? I am also not sure about the whole "...father" reveal, which I guess is quite warsy, but also silly. Now, I know I don't know how they will re-introduce Solo in the actual film, but I think it would be a good choice if Han and Leia parted, thus setting up a plot line where they can find back to each other again. It's at least better than just having them happily married the last thirty years. While strolling the CGI-lit hallways of nothingness. ANYWAY, what do you think? If something like this occurred before your eyes in the cinema at the end of next year, would you be groaning with agitation or moaning with pleasure? Or something in between? I feel the weakest part right now is the last part, where Han is revealed to be Han; the dialogue feels stiff and unnatural; I need to think of a good way to introduce these characters to each other; it should be obvious that the two young ones hold no high ideas about their father, think of him as a loser who ran away on their mother, which could be another layer to the story - Han Solo gaining the acceptance of his kids...I don't know. All this family stuff tends to become icky and dramatic (and not necessarily in a good way). It sure has to be brief so we can get to the lasers and the starships and the planet hopping.
Against the backdrop of space, the familiar title crawl appears to the music of John Williams.
THE DARK LEGACY
[Here comes the title crawl]
The camera pans sideways to reveal a string of planetoids of various colors and patterns.From below, a small starcraft zips into view, following a trajectory that takes it along the planetoids.
A closer look reveals that the spacecraft is a Scimitar class shuttle, an improved design based on the Lambda class shuttle seen in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. It is smaller and faster, with red stripes adorning the wings.
It passes the closest (to the camera) of the planetoids as it drifts by and out of view, then moves past the second closest, a grey world with white clouds roiling across the surface.
INT. SCIMITAR-CLASS SHUTTLE
Inside the cockpit, we see two characters, a young man and a young woman. The man is steering the vessel, while the girl is studying a radar screen display. Its red light gives her face an orange glow. She wears a metallic band on her head, with a small antenna attached on one side. The man wears a dark blue jacket. They both have dark brown hair.
"It must be that one. The red moon."
(Twitching her mouth as she looks at him)
"Just land on the far side."
EXT. THE RED MOON
The Scimitar-class shuttle lands in a deep, shadowy canyon. Dust whirls. A landing ramp is lowered, and the sound of starting engines can be heard just as the ship's engines' noise fades away.
The young man and the young woman exit the shuttle, leading a speeder bike each. The machines hover at their sides as they strap on their helmets with goggles. Estel wears a dark red pilot suit and a tracking device is strapped to her thigh, with a tube going to a generator strapped to her back.
"Must be pretty lonely out here, even for him."
EXT. THE RED MOON CANYON
The two characters race through the canyon on their speeder bikes at dizzying speeds, avoiding natural obstacles as they move close to their target. Several shots show them from different angles as they speed through the dusty, rocky landscape.
(Talking to her companion in a comlink)
"All right, we're close."
(Breaks and stops the speeder bike, dust whirling around him)
"Why would he want to live on this forsaken world?"
EXT. THE RED MOON HIDEOUT
The two characters move with stealth through the canyon on foot. The young man looks through a pair of binoculars.
Through the binoculars, we see a structure built into the side of the canyon. A cylindrical building is built half into the rock, with a few windows looking into the canyon. Next to it sits a dilapidated, low building with a rusty roof, a porch, and garbage - mechanical parts mostly - surrounding it all. It looks like no one has lived here for a long time.
"What a beautiful place..."
"Wait, there's someone there."
Through the binoculars, we see someone moving on the porch, hidden by the shadows. A pair of brown, tattered boots resting on the porch fence now move away.
"Is it him?"
The young man is about to reply, when a laser is shot from the porch toward them, hitting a stalagmite near the man. They scramble for cover, surprised.
"I wouldn't be surprised."
EXT. THE RED MOON HIDEOUT
The stranger in the shadows of the porch takes a step forward - the silhouette of a man peering toward where the two characters are hiding. We see the man from behind, with longish gray hair and a dusty poncho, holding a blaster rifle in his hands, aiming toward the two characters.
"Come out so I can see you."
The two young characters come forward, hands in the air. The stranger puts one arm on the porch rail. His jaw comes out in the light, revealing a scar below the lips.
"I don't like trespassers on my property."
"We are looking for a hero."
"Go see the neighbors. They live on the next planet. Maybe they've got a hero hidden on their farm."
"Mister, with all due respect..."
The two young characters move slowly, carefully, toward the man on the porch. He wears a wide-brimmed hat shadowing his face. A couple of empty bottles lie on the porch at his feet. The stranger raises his rifle again. The two young characters stop in their tracks.
"There are no heroes on this ball of dust."
"A war hero, who helped destroy the galactic Empire."
"You're off your boosters."
"You are hiding a ship in there, aren't you?"
The young man nods toward the silo-like structure next to the cabin. The stranger shakes his head.
"We are looking for a ship called the Millenium Falcon. We tracked it here."
"It's captain was a man named Han Solo."
The stranger takes a step back, lowers his rifle. He stares, dumbfounded, at the tracking device Estel carries. There is a moment of silence. A gust of wind blows dust and debris through the canyon.
"Never heard of him."
"Can we come up or are you going to shoot us down, mister?"
"Maybe I won that ship in a game."
"Maybe you did."
"I don't understand how you could track her but..."
Suddenly, rocks and pebbles burst forth from the earth, and a slimy rock-burrowing worm with stone-like scales erupts to attack the two young characters. A tentacled mouth opens toward them. Before they can react, the man on the porch fires his rifle twice, shooting the monster in the head and it disappears down the hole it came from.
"You're in their territory."
"T-thank you. We didn't know..."
"Come up here."
"You sure know how to shoot, mister."
They take the creaking steps up to the porch, and finally get a good look at the old man with the rifle. It is Han Solo, captain of the Millenium Falcon...but he is not looking his best.
"Lots of rockworm in these parts."
Han sits down in a rickety chair, puts his boots back up on the porch railing, pulls the hat back on his brow.
"Now tell me, how were you able to track the Falcon, and who sent you?"
"A woman from your past sent us."
"I've known a lot of women. You've got to be more specific."
"You loved her. And then you left her."
Han Solo's eyes widen as realization dawns on him.
"Leia! Leia sent you?"
"She needs this man's help. You sure you don't know a Han Solo hiding out on this planet?"
"I guess I do."
Han Solo gestures with a shrug and holding out his arms, and Estel and Jake realize that this man is the one they have been looking for.
"Did you know that after you left her, she learned that she was pregnant?"
Han Solo looks confused, scratches his head, and the hat falls off.
"She gave birth to twins."
"A boy and a girl."
Han Solo's eyes widen.
"She would have told me..."
"Maybe she realized that the man she loved wouldn't take the responsibility."
"A real hero."
"But now she has no choice. Only you can help her. Please....father."