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Old April 2 2013, 01:21 AM   #16
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Re: Dark Horse to adapt George Lucas' original Star Wars screenplay

Thanks, there are several pieces there that I had not seen before.
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Old April 2 2013, 02:01 AM   #17
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No, ignore the date on the calendar. This story is actually legit.

From the official press release:

APRIL 1, MILWAUKIE, OR–It’s no April Fools’ prank! 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 for The 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.”
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And here's some sample art from the comic:



Those familiar with Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for the first movie will notice some familiar imagery.

I'm not much a comic buyer myself, but I'm seriously considering getting this.
Very interesting choice. I think it will be worth picking up.
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Old April 2 2013, 02:02 AM   #18
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Most likely Dark Horse going out in a blaze of glory before the rights revert back to Disney/Marvel.
Or the rights stays with Dark Horse and they're just putting forth new titles to replace earlier ones that are no longer in production (Invasion is over--perhaps for an obvious reason now--and I think Knight Errant is wrapped up or on indefinite hiatus).
Yeah, Knight Errant is done. I never even got around to reading it!
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Old April 2 2013, 02:06 AM   #19
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It's things like this that make me hope Dark Horse doesn't lose their license to produce Star Wars tie-ins now that Disney (who own Marvel) now controls the property.
On that topic, Dark Horse VP of Publishing Randy Stradley said the following at WonderCon:
Randy Stradley wrote:
Well, as of two weeks ago I was told a bunch of Disney people were up at Lucasfilm discussing how the two companies would work together and move forward. At this juncture, not a single word has been said about changing the licenses. I have a lot of hope that when Disney bought Marvel they didn't come in and change everything; when they bought Pixar they didn't come in and change everything. I have a lot of hope that they're gonna let Lucasfilm be Lucasfilm. There's been no discussion about anything that would affect us yet, expect to maybe hear something some time [next] year. I'm not gonna worry about something that may not happen.
He also has some thoughts to offer on this miniseries, and the article covers the other projects that Dark Horse talked about at their panel this weekend.
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Old April 2 2013, 06:33 AM   #20
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Where is the "jumping up and down like a giddy schoolgirl" smiley??

I read Lucas' first draft when I was 15 and loved it, mostly for the "ah-ha" moments where you see elements that would make their way into the OT/PT. But the script also has a very epic space opera tone that I can't wait to see translated visually.
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Old April 2 2013, 03:45 PM   #21
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This might be the most interesting idea for a Star Wars product I've seen since the old Tales of the Jedi comics came out. Very cool. I'll defiantly be looking out for this.

...mind you, if memory serves, aren't there something like half a dozen different version of the "original" Star Wars script? As I recall some differed from each other quite a bit. For example, I'm pretty sure there was one version where the Luke equivalent character was female...that or both twins were raised together. I forget.

I wonder if this'll become a thing now and they'll do the early drafts of ESB with Luke's father being dead (and not Vader) appearing as a ghost alongside Kenobi and his twin sister being someone who isn't Leia. Or the version of RotJ with two Death Stars orbiting the Imperial capital and the Emperor's throne room in some deep, lava filled cavern?

With EpVII on it's way I think it'll be good to see some alternate takes on the Star Wars universe. IMO the EU has become *way* too hung up on continuity.
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Old April 2 2013, 10:41 PM   #22
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They should to the same with Lucas' "Indiana Jones and the Monkey King" script. That is some weird shit.
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Old April 2 2013, 11:14 PM   #23
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Looks great, sign me up for a copy of the collected trade.
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Old April 2 2013, 11:34 PM   #24
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...mind you, if memory serves, aren't there something like half a dozen different version of the "original" Star Wars script? As I recall some differed from each other quite a bit. For example, I'm pretty sure there was one version where the Luke equivalent character was female...that or both twins were raised together. I forget.
Lucas started to write the "Luke is a girl" script after the version now being adapted to comics, but gave up on it in mid-write and immediately started a new draft where, as you said, Luke and Leia were raised together on Tatooine.

You can find most of those scripts here, btw: http://starwarz.com/starkiller/
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Old April 2 2013, 11:37 PM   #25
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I wonder if this'll become a thing now and they'll do the early drafts of ESB with Luke's father being dead (and not Vader) appearing as a ghost alongside Kenobi and his twin sister being someone who isn't Leia. Or the version of RotJ with two Death Stars orbiting the Imperial capital and the Emperor's throne room in some deep, lava filled cavern?
Or Lando Calrissian being from a planet of clones?
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Old April 3 2013, 12:25 AM   #26
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They should do that more often. Rejected scripts, scripts from scrapped projects, all that stuff.

Kevin Smith's/Tim Burton's Superman for instance.
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Old April 3 2013, 03:30 AM   #27
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Re: Dark Horse to adapt George Lucas' original Star Wars screenplay

I remember Dark Horse doing an adaptation not of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie itself, but rather on Joss Whedon's original screenplay for the movie.
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Old April 3 2013, 03:52 AM   #28
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The bearded guy in the last panel reminds me of Leonard Nimoy for some reason.
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Old April 3 2013, 04:07 AM   #29
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@Turtletrekker...yeah that's called "Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Origin" I believe and Joss considers it part of the BuffyVerse canon rather than the film.
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Old April 3 2013, 05:01 PM   #30
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Re: Dark Horse to adapt George Lucas' original Star Wars screenplay

I'd like to see IDW do something similar with some of the un-produced Star Trek material. For exampe, the scripts written for the aborted Phase II series back in the '70s - epspecially Kitumba by John Lucas. Or some of the scripts that have been written for the movie series like the John Logan script about the beginning of the Federation.
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