Dark Horse Adapting Early Lucas Screenplay, THE STAR WARS


Before Star Wars was The Star Wars, an unproduced screenplay written by George Lucas three years before the first movie debuted in 1977. Now, that early work will be realized as a comic book from Dark Horse, with an eight-issue miniseries starting in September.

The Star Wars contains numerous significant differences from the famous franchise. In their press release, Dark Horse calls it, "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."

Dark Horse's The Star Wars will be written by LucasBooks executive editor J.W. Rinzler and illustrated by Mike Mayhew, known for his work on multiple Marvel projects.

"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," Rinzler said in Dark Horse's statement. "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."

The announcement signifies that the Star Wars license is likely to stay at Dark Horse into 2014, despite Star Wars and Marvel now both being under Disney's corporate umbrella.

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