A rare discontinued Jedi trading card.
The official website thingy of pop culture writer Chris Cummins
At this past weekend’s WonderCon, Dark Horse announced a project that has completely captured my imagination: a comic adaptation of George Lucas’ original script for Star Wars. From the press release:
“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.”
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!”
As someone who is obsessed with alternate versions of films, it will be fascinating to see how this plays out on the printed page. Rinzler’s work on the making-of Star Wars books is perfect, so he is an ideal choice to bring this project to fruition. Between this and their ongoing Star Wars comic, Dark Horse remains dedicated to keeping Lucas’ space saga alive on the printed page in the most interesting ways possible. Great stuff.
JEDI MASTER YODA: He was alive and full of magic in The Empire Strikes Back. I instantly fell in love and revered the character. His appearance in Return of the Jedi was lack-luster as he was pretty much written out. Then in the prequels, Yoda was turned into an annoying little green douche who I wished would die- even though I knew he would survive anyway. I guess what I’m saying is, I don’t want a (as rumored) stand-alone Yoda film. Meanwhile, please enjoy this wonderful shot from the making of Empire.
Right on, Chris!