George Lucas’s first, highly different Star Wars script will soon be repurposed by Dark Horse Comics for an eight-issue miniseries.
Written in 1974, the original draft of what ultimately became the epic franchise’s first screenplay is quite a different adventure than the one from the galaxy far, far away that was immortalized on screen. Luke Skywalker is an older Jedi general, while charismatic smuggler Han Solo is a lizard-type alien. The story’s main protagonist is named Annikin Starkiller.
There aren’t even light-sabers. Instead, there are ‘laser-swords.’
Inside looks at the creative process — how things grow and evolve from draft to draft, etc. — are always fascinating, but eight issues of reading the term “laser-swords” time and again might show why things do change.