His idea was to edit the Star Wars prequels into one movie, as they would provide him a lot of footage to work with. He used footage from all three prequels, a couple cuts from the original trilogy, some music from The Clone Wars television series, and even a dialogue bit from Anthony Daniels’ (C-3PO) audio book recordings. He even created a new opening text crawl to set up his version of the story.
The result is an 85-minute movie titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back. It should be noted that the Star Wars prequel trilogy is almost 7 hours in total length, and the shortest film (Episode 1) is more than 51 minutes longer than Grace’s fan cut. What this means is a lot of footage ended up on the editing room floor, and a lot of creative choices were made in the editing process. And the result? Topher Grace’s Star Wars film is probably the best possible edit of the Star Wars prequels given the footage released and available.
Personally, I would love to see this version. Heck, I'd like to see any of the subsequent re-edits from anybody other than George “Despoiler of Childhood Memories” Lucas.
Heck, even the “It's not Star Wars as you know it” comic Darth & Droids (the conceit: it's a role playing game) delivers a much better and more coherent storyline than what George “I should have stuck to editing” Lucas ever came up with.
What? Me, bitter?
After years and years of giving his work away for free, Rich Burlew just raked in more than a million.
Wow. Rich Burlew just raised over a million dollars from his fans. For drawing a comic based on stick figures.
Granted, it took him nine years to to get the fan base for this, but still, that's quite a payout. And the best bit is that he did it on his own terms without reliquishing his intellectual property (link via my very first post).