If Lynch had taken up Lucas’ offer, Return of the Jedi would definately have looked felt very different.
What strikes me is how bold an idea this was to George Lucas at the time. Lynch had just finished The Elephant Man, and before that, Eraserhead, none of which had any elements even close to what Lucas needed for RotJ. However, Lynch’s next project was actually a sci-fi adventure movie. The 1984 epic Dune, starring Kyle MacLachlan, has many similarities to Star Wars, and I’m not all sure David Lynch would be a bad choice for directing a Star Wars movie (but if so, I think it should have been Revenge of the Sith).
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