If you own The Art of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the design of Mos Espa’s center in The Book of Boba Fett may have seemed familiar. It’s because the source of inspiration is unused concept art for The Phantom Menace, as confirmed by The Book of Boba Fett production designer Doug Chiang on Instagram.
“The original design for Mos Espa from 1995. Finally realized 27 years later in The Book of Boba. What’s old is new again 😊”
Chiang was the one who made these sketches when he was working on The Phantom Menace almost three decades ago.
Here’s an excerpt from the artbook:
“Initially, [George] Lucas and Chiang thought to take Luke Skywalker’s pit house and expand it to city size for Mos Espa. The city would extend into the canyon walls, and cities would be connected to each other by manmade tunnel-canyons.”