Star Wars: Episode I The Beginning was the first draft of the script to the film that would become Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
On November 1, 1994, George Lucas started to write a prequel to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. The film, entitled Star Wars: Episode I The Beginning was supposed to be the first of a Prequel Trilogy. Although producer Gary Kurtz stated on May 26, 1999, during an interview with TheForce.net that the original plot of Episode I was to focus on the origins of the Jedi Knights, the film's script was to focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
Despite this, in late summer 1995, Lucas wrote a second draft in which Obi-Wan Kenobi's role was taken by the character of Qui-Gon Jinn. Kenobi still appeared in the script, but as Qui-Gon's student. After many changes, Lucas scrapped this draft at an unspecified moment. On June 6, 1997, Lucas presented the shooting script for the movie, that was titled Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace before the film's release in 1999.
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