New Star Wars art uses AI to create visually terrifying versions of iconic characters. The first George Lucas film in the series came out in 1977 and 45 years later, Star Wars has become one of the most well-known and lucrative franchises of all time. After Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, people thought the saga was over, but of course it wasn’t. Disney has made several movies and TV shows after its acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 with mixed results, and it doesn’t look like they have any plans to slow it down anytime soon.
Fans have debated over the years whether Star Wars is considered sci-fi, fantasy, or both, but the movies have never really strayed far from this description. That said, there are certainly terrifying characters introduced in Star Wars live-action canon. While Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were certainly scary based on their sheer strength, Darth Maul is arguably considered one of the scariest Star Wars characters of all time, given his ruthless fighting skills and overall appearance. Star Wars artists, however, have had a lot more freedom in creating eerie creature designs for the ever-expanding universe. Creatures like the rancor of Return of the Jedi and the Krykna or Krayt dragon in The Mandalorian are some excellent examples of horrific creatures, but the franchise itself never really delved into the horror genre.
Digital Artist Rob Sheridan has used AI technology to reimagine Star Wars as a body horror movie, and the results are truly disturbing. All of fan favorite characters have been recreated in the graphic arts, including Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader and many more. Sheridan completes the impressive art with the title “Star Wars: Episode 666: A New Flesh.” Check out a thread of the artist’s twisted concept below:
Beware of the hunters, who will search for you in infinite realms, turn you to stone and deliver you to the highest bidder as a petrified decoration. 7/ pic.twitter.com/MokXRnk3rK
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) May 4, 2022
This artwork is obviously completely different from anything Star Wars fans have seen before, but Disney did play with the franchise’s genre with Star Wars: Visions. While none of the nine episodes were truly scary, several artists were able to bring their unique spin on Star Wars to life. Star Wars: Visions Season 2 was confirmed in May and is slated to release in Spring 2023. Details about the second season are scarce, but a horror-themed episode could be one way to attract more viewers. Marvel’s What if…? including a zombie episode and Disney even makes an animation Marvel Zombies TV show, so it’s entirely possible that something similar could happen with Star Wars.
As mentioned above, Disney has had some trouble getting fans to invest in certain Star Wars projects. Even though a horror-themed Star Wars movie would be a unique way to revive the franchise, it’s highly unlikely to happen, especially in a form as grotesque as this body-horror art. There are plenty of scary elements that can be taken from the non-canon Star Wars books, but the chances of Disney taking such a big risk are nil. Some sort of short animated project could be tested on Disney+, such as an episode in Star Wars: Visionsbut that’s just as scary as Star Wars will likely come under Disney’s control one day.
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Source: Rob Sheridan
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