A few months ago we learned that the original script for George Lucas' Star Wars was being adapted into a comic book. It was originally titled The Star Wars, and it was very, very different than what ended up on the big screen. Today, we've got a trailer for it to show you!
This one tells the story of a young Jedi named Annikin Starkiller, an experienced General named Luke Skywalker, an alien version of Han Solo, and some evil Sith Knights. Oh! and Lightsabers were called Laser Swords. According to the comic writer J.W. Rinzler,
"You can teach a college course on how he got from that story to his first Star Wars film. Francis Ford Coppola read the rough draft and thought it was pretty good. He wasn't really sure why George was changing it."
It looks and sounds like it will be a great comic book. Who knows, maybe one day Disney and Lucasfilm will actually bring this version of Star Wars to the big screen!
The eight-issue comic launches on September 4th.
Thanks to USA Today for the trailer. Click the link to read more about the story!
Dark Horse is honored to announce a dream project: working with J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) to adapt the rough-draft original screenplay which spawned the biggest franchise in film history!
Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!
“I’m not sure where I first read about The Star Wars—it was years and years ago—but the idea of Luke Skywalker being an older Jedi General, and Han Solo being a six-foot-tall lizard, turned my Star Wars fan brain on its side,” said longtime Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. “I always assumed this would be one of those stories that would be ‘lost to history,’ so getting to work on bringing it to life is kinda like a dream come true.”
“While researching in the Lucasfilm Archives I’ve found many treasures—but one which truly astounded me was George’s rough draft forThe Star Wars. His first complete imaginings were hallucinating to read—mind blowing,” said writer J.W. Rinzler. “While working with George on another book project, I once asked if we could adapt his rough draft. He was hesitant. Years later, with Dark Horse’s invaluable help, we showed him a few drawn and colored pages of what it might look like. He gave us the okay.”
Originally conceived in 1974, The Star Wars has been the subject of rumor and legend in the fan community throughout the history of the galaxy far, far away. Now, Lucas has seen fit to grant Dark Horse the right to adapt this fabled story into an eight-issue comic series launching in September!