Dark Horse Comics Adapting THE STAR WARS

McQuarrie Vader

Vice President of Publishing Randy Stradley announced today at WonderCon that Dark Horse Comics is adapting George Lucas’s original treatment for the STAR WARS saga.

Under the title, THE STAR WARS, the eight issue mini series will feature the earliest versions of characters such as General Luke Skywalker, an older and accomplished Jedi Knight, Annikin Starkiller, his apprentice, and Darth Vader, a general of the Galactic Empire with no ties to the “Knights of the Sith”.

With Lucasfilm’s Jonathan Rinzler (THE MAKING OF STAR WARS, THE MAKING OF THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) writing and visuals inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s conceptual designs, the series promises to be an interesting alternate look at the road not taken.

THE STAR WARS, a Dark Horse Comics mini series, is scheduled to be released beginning in September.

Press release below:

LUCASFILM AND DARK HORSE ANNOUNCE THE BIGGEST EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF STAR WARS COMICS!
George Lucas’s original-draft screenplay for The Star Wars to be adapted by J. W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew!
APRIL 1, MILWAUKIE, OR–It’s no April Fools’ prank! Dark Horse is honored to announce a dream project: working with J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) to adapt the rough-draft original screenplay which spawned the biggest franchise in film history!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!

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