Warwick Davis’s claim to Star Wars fame is his role as Wicket in Return of the Jedi. While he’ll always love that project, there’s a special place in his heart for a completely different, never-before-seen collection of Star Wars footage.
Return of the Ewok, labeled a “mockumentary,” featured Davis behind-the-scenes working on the film as a teenager. Film assistant director David Tomblin was responsible for shooting the footage, and Davis would love to release the unfinished work into the world all these years later.
But there’s a technical reason the project was never released. Legally, as it stands, no one involved ever actually consented to its publication.
“I think the challenge with Return of the Ewok is that so many people gave their time, there are these wonderful cameos in there, crew gave time during lunch hours to make it, and nobody ever signed off on their involvement,” the actor explained to Uproxx. “So, for some kind of lawyer, it’d be a massive amount of work to get everyone signed off so that we could actually use it commercially, I suppose.”
While it would have made excellent promotional material at the time, it would be an even brighter gem now that the film it was shot around is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It’s unlikely, but Davis hasn’t given up hope just yet.
He concluded: “It really is one of those found in the attic kind of creations, isn’t it, in its very raw form? There’s unfinished sound, the print is very rough, but I think that’s one of the charms of it, really.”
Though we may never see Return of the Ewok come together as Warwick remembers it, who knows? Never say never.
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