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Episode IX Concept Art

Every new Star Wars is made to appeal to a new generation. So of course when Disney shook up the production team for Episode IX last year, the first thing they did was reach out to the trend-setters and taste-makers here at DYM. They already knew Episode IX was gonna be VERY in our wheelhouse. Based on the pattern set out in Part 1, Rise of Skywalker would have to hit many of the same notes as our two FAVORITE Star Wars - Phantom Menace and Return of the Jedi.

In this Worldwide DYM Exclusive - we have finally been permitted to release the 'concept art' storyboard we drew up for our sit-downs with Kathy and JJ. We're excited to see how much of our stuff makes the final cut. ​

These films all open with a hooded figure entering a long, empty hallway.

Here, we see Jedi Master Hoody Melo entering Lifetime Fitness trying to get a pick-up game at 2pm on a Wednesday.

Exactly 9 minutes into each film is a hologram.

Hoody Melo has sent our heroes on a quest to Coachella to study the prophecy imparted to them by Hologram Tupac.

Next our heroes stand before a monstrously obese and moist looking overlord.

This one’s kind of a slam dunk, either him or Mike Francesca would work here too.

The heroes have a non-human companion who gets them in trouble while eating purloined food.

In Episode IX our heroes are ROLLIN OUT in search of the galaxy’s GREATEST diners, drive-ins and dives!!

Then a militia of primitive non-humans helps win a battle against a technologically advanced army.

Caeser's sage leadership would be a great addition here, but Koba was the real military mind (RIP, Koba). Caeser’ll have to hope Hoody Melo can get that shield generator down in time.

Pod Racing was sick as fuck. But for Episode IX they’ll take it to the whole nother level.

Jedi Master Dom Torreto no longer feels The Force, only The Speed and The Rush.

In the end, someone must say goodbye to their family as they prepare to cross the "final threshold."

In this touching scene, our guy Juju puts on a tough face but we know he's crying inside just like Shmi and Leia were.


Themes for Episodes I & IX

​DYM Scholars know The Phantom Menace has always been our favorite Star Wars since it was released 20 years ago (our old favorite was Return of the Jedi). Phantom Menace has, in our opinion, the most powerful themes and the most light-hearted fun of any Star Wars. The Rise of Hoodie Melo is destined to re-imagine all of the same magical elements. 

Right now we feel like there’s a good chance that DYM could be getting ourselves a New Favorite Star Wars later this year. (Which, btw, is why it’s so vital - THIS Off-Season - to redress the haters with our thesis that there are no bad Star Wars.)

Compare the first trailer for Episode IX to the  1999 trailer for The Phantom Menace:

Both trailers open with the same phrase “Every generation has a legend…” then Episode I continues with “Every saga has a beginning” and Episode IX states “Every saga has an end.” ​

​They both cut to a barren desert scene. A vehicle approaches at incredibly high speed. The pod racer moves across the screen from left to right (beginning to end), the TIE fighter enters from right to left (from the end, returning to the beginning). These are overt, explicit references and there are surely much more to come in the film itself.  


At this point we get that Episode IX will look like Episodes I and VI. But if you're wondering what The Rise of Hoodie Melo is really gonna be about, we can look back at some of the unique themes that Episode I introduced, but were not found as explicitly in any other Star Wars film. ​Interestingly, it seems that the first two acts of the Sequel Trilogy have set up nicely for these themes to come back into play: