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:
“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!