Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dark Horse Comics to adapt original "The Star Wars" story

So this is pretty darn cool: Dark Horse comics is going to publish an eight-part series based on George Lucas' original treatment for the eponymous first film from notes and a script written in 1974. They swear it's no joke--here's the news straight from the Horse's mouth:
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.”

I'm a sucker for alternative takes on Star Wars, but more importantly--the art looks amazing!
Check out that proto-Milennium Falcon in the background! Watch for the first in the series this September.

More info at io9 and concept images at Bleeding Cool.

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