Darth Maul is one of the most hellish figures ever created in movies. A stunning fan film, Darth Maul: Apprentice, has reimagined him at an apprentice stage being trained by Darth Sidious.
German filmmaker Shawn Bu wrote, edited, and directed the 17-minute short movie for T7 Production. Vi-Dan Tran choreographed the gripping lightsaber battles.
The short was released on March 5 on YouTube. It amassed almost one million views in under two days, along with a flood of positive comments. A statement under the video says:
We worked incredibly hard on this film for almost 2 years! We always felt that Darth Maul should have had more screen time. So we wanted to create a film just for him with the best lightsaber fights we could do! This is not based on any books, comics etc.
The film opens with Darth Maul surveying security of a planet through a projected globe. Suddenly an intruder enters the zone. He goes to investigate —five Jedi! Epic fighting with impressive CGI and professional cinematography ensues.
Here are some of the tweets in support:
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I don't know about you but I was gunning for Darth the underdog in this.
Who did you want to win in 'Darth Maul: Apprentice'?