Hey, kids! Remember THIS classic Star Wars crawl for Episode IV – A New Hope?
“Long long ago in a galaxy far far away, there was a young man named Annikin Starkiller, a dude named General Luke Skywalker and a six-foot lizard alien named Han Solo…”
What’s that? You DON’T remember Episode IV beginning this way? Well, you’re right because it didn’t.
But it’s gonna NOW…sorta.
Three years before Episode IV became the film that launched a billion fanboys and fangirls around the globe in 1977, it was The Star Wars; a rough draft screenplay written by the new kid on the block known as George Lucas.
The Star Wars screenplay had been the stuff of legend for ages and thanks to Dark Horse Comics, we’re FINALLY gonna see the galaxy Lucas first envisioned when he first put pen to paper (or typewriter to paper, if you wanna get technical about it).
So why now? Randy Stradley, editor for The Star Wars comic said “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. 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.”
Pretty dang good reason. Joining Stradley will be artist Mike Mayhew (The Avengers series) and writer by J.W. Rinzler. Did I mention that Rinzler is executive editor at Lucasbooks AND the guy who pretty much convinced George Lucas that this adaptation was a good idear?
“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. 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.”
Considering it took Lucas a couple DECADES to allow Star Wars IV, V, and VI released on DVD, Rinzler should get a dang medal for getting Lucas to say yes within a few years. And in case you’re wondering, Dark Horse has been doing Star Wars comics (both digital and print) and graphic novels for quite a while now, so the storyline’s in GREAT hands.
“OKAY, so when’s it coming out?!” you ask.
First of all, throttle down. Second of all, the first of the eight-issue series will land at your local comic book store in September.
“Are YOU gonna buy it, Crix?” you then ask.
I think you know what the answer is.
For more on Dark Horse and their love of Star Wars, check out the official website.
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