“I don’t know, you’ll figure it out”: George Lucas Pushed Dave Filoni for an Absolutely Crazy Star Wars Idea That Should Have Never Worked in Theory

George Lucas entrusted Dave Filoni to resurrect Darth Maul in the Clone Wars animated series despite definitively killing off the character in the prequels.

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  • The success of George Lucas' Star Wars franchise is built upon the execution of some of the craziest ideas and twists from the mind of the filmmaker.
  • One of Lucas' craziest ideas was to revive Darth Maul for the Clone Wars, with Dave Filoni admitting that he was asked to figure out the finer details of said revival.
  • The resurrection of Maul should not have worked given his end in The Phantom Menace, but Filoni found a compelling way to bring back the character.
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Filmmaker George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise has been one of the most popular works of fiction of all time. The space opera franchise features several unique, interesting, and borderline crazy ideas that have kept the fans of the galaxy far, far away on the edge of their seats for well over four decades.

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George Lucas saved his craziest Star Wars idea for the Clone Wars (Image via BBC Newsnight).

Despite his penchant for executing risky ideas, one idea from Lucas almost proved too crazy and near impossible to work. While developing The Clone Wars animated series alongside Dave Filoni, Lucas instructed the former to revive one character who had met his definitive end in a previous installment. Here is what Lucas said to Filoni and why the idea should have never worked.

George Lucas Pushed Dave Filoni To Revive Darth Maul For Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Dave Filoni (Image via Star Wars | YouTube).
Dave Filoni was surprised to learn of Darth Maul’s revival (Image via Star Wars | YouTube).

George Lucas first introduced the character of Darth Maul in 1999’s The Phantom Menace. However, during the film’s climax, Maul is killed off during a lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi, with the latter slicing him in half and pushing him down a ledge. As a result, it seemed like Maul’s death was permanent.


Despite his small screen time, Maul proved extremely popular among fans, leading to Lucas instructing Dave Filoni to resurrect the character for the Clone Wars animated spin-off series. During an appearance at the 2017 Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Filoni spoke about how Lucas revealed the idea of reviving Maul.

I don’t know, you’ll figure it out.

Filoni revealed that Lucas made the above comment after dropping the bombshell revelation of reviving Maul. Filoni explained that during a story meeting, Lucas approached him with an exciting idea, which turned out to be the return of Maul. However, when Filoni asked for the specifics of the Sith apprentice’s return, Lucas simply asked him to fill out the finer details.

Why George Lucas’ Crazy Darth Maul Idea Should Have Never Worked

During the interview, Filoni revealed that Lucas would often come up with some crazy ideas while working on the Clone Wars. However, despite Lucas’ claims that Filoni would love the idea, they would often turn out to be a challenge for him.

Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace
George Lucas’ idea to revive Maul shouldn’t have worked because of his death in The Phantom Menace (Image via Lucasfilm).

The return of Darth Maul arguably proved to be the toughest of these challenges considering Lucas had himself decided to give the character a definitive ending in The Phantom Menace.

I had to cut him in half to say that this guy’s gone, he’s history, he ain’t coming back.

Lucas made the above statement in an interview with Empire, confirming that Maul’s death in the first film of the prequel trilogy was meant to be permanent. Therefore, it was nearly impossible to figure out a way to revive a character who had been cut in half, and almost definitely died in front of the viewers.

Nonetheless, Filoni figured out a compelling way to bring back the character as Maul is found by his brother Savage Opress. Staying true to his Sith ways, Maul managed to survive through his thirst for vengeance and used the force to create a spider-like apparatus to replace the severed lower half of his body. Thus, Filoni was able to add some emotional weight to Maul’s resurrection, making one of Lucas’ craziest ideas work.


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Pratik Handore

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Pratik is a writer at FandomWire, with a content writing experience of five years. Although he has a Bachelors in Hospitality, his fascination with all things pop culture led him to writing articles on a variety of topics ranging from latest streaming releases to unheard movie trivia. When not writing, you can find him reading manga, or watching classic TV shows.