Lucas’ original “The Star Wars” screenplay to become a comic book

Lucas Film and Dark Horse Comics announced that George Lucas’ original-draft screenplay for “Star Wars” – written in 1974 – is about to become an eight-issue comic book series.

Here, Luke Skywalker is an older Jedi general, while charismatic smuggler Han Solo is a lizard-like alien. The story’s main protagonist is named Annikin Starkiller and they use “laser-swords.”


“This is not an April Fools joke,” said Dark Horse Comics’ Randy Stradley, who will edit the book. “This is a real thing; it’s really happening.”

The series will be illustrated by former “Avengers” artist Mike Mayhew and will be “adapted” by J. W. Rinzler, who has written several Star Wars-themed books, some alongside Lucas, over the course of his career. It was during one of these encounters with Lucas that led to the creation of the book, according to a Dark Horse Comics press release.

“I once asked (Lucas) if we could adapt his rough draft,” Rinzler said in statement. “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.”

The comics are named “The Star Wars” after the name of the original screenplay and they are set for September.





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