George Lucas made a few revisions before settling on the original screenplay for Star Wars, later Star Wars: A New Hope, later Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and soon to probably be rebooted as Star Wars #0 once JJ Abrams starts wonking around the timestream. Regardless, Dark Horse have announced that they’ll be adapting the actual first screenplay Lucas wrote into an 8-part miniseries, written by J.W. Rinzler and drawn by Mike Mayhew.

That means we’ll be seeing Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker playing around with lazer swords, and trying to avoid Sith Knights. The original screenplay…. very different to the produced script. Starting in September, I also believe this version of the script had Han Solo as a giant lizard man. Hurrah!

Dark Horse have revealed a page of Mayhew’s artwork, to give you some idea of what to expect:

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  1. Way I heard it, before the original Star Wars script was heavily rewritten by people who weren’t George Lucas it was a steaming pile of poo.

  2. I read it in college and it reads more closely as a rough draft for the Phantom Menace, even if it is the plot of the original trilogy. There are scenes where people just shout numbers at each other, but “Skywalker” and “Solo” are pretty strong characters. Vader more resembles the sort of antagonist you’d see in a French or Italian Star Wars rip-off than his final form. A lot of the ideas are there, but presented in odd, early 1970s ways.

    It seems that the trials of getting the script produced contributed as much as the other writers to the qualities that made the first film a success.

  3. I’m not really a star wars fan, it’s ok, I enjoy it but I don’t ache for it, however Mike Mayhew is a monster and I will buy anything he does. Even if he did one of those Blue Water George Lucas comics.

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