Way back in 1974, George Lucas had a vision. It was a humble plan to create an iconic space opera that would change the face of science-fiction… but it seems 'Star Wars' might have gone through a few changes before it ended up on screen.
His original draft, titled 'The Star Wars', has been the subject of rumour and legend among the 'Star Wars' fan community… but now Dark Horse Comics has announced they will be releasing an eight-part series based on George Lucas' original draft. And it seems the galaxy far, far away isn't quite as we remember it…
Luke… am I your father? Apparently not.
One of the major differences between the original draft and the story we know and love is that Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader aren't related. At all. Not even in the slightest. In fact, Luke Skywalker is actually an ageing Jedi General, tasked with training two brothers - Deak and Annikin Starkiller. Of course, it's strange to think that one of the most iconic father/son relationships in cinema history wasn't initially considered… but then, it wasn't entirely certain even by the end of 'Episode IV'.
Help me Obi-Wa… Oh.
That's right folks - our favourite Jedi hermit is in fact nowhere to be seen in the original screenplay. Instead, Luke takes on the role of Master for the two young Jedi Padawan. And in the planned Dark Horse comic, he looks suspiciously like old Obi-Wan. But it seems he's not the only character who's had a bit of a change. Darth Vader is missing his iconic costume - instead appearing as a human General. And don't get me started on those lazerswords…
Hokey religions are no match for a scaled claw at your side, kid.
Bizarrely, Han Solo was originally intended to be a six-foot tall reptilian alien - part of an alien race known as the Ureallians. Thankfully, the name was eventually changed and Han Solo became a 'Corellian' (or human) smuggler… though to be honest, I'd still love to see Harrison Ford clamber into a big, green lizard suit.
The Knights who say… Sith!
Okay, so the Jedi and Sith are still opposing factions who hate each other's guts… but it seems that in the original draft, they're actually vying for the attentions of the emperor. According to Wookiepedia, the opening crawl details the rift between the Jedi… and the Knights of the Sith.
"Until the recent GREAT REBELLION, the JEDI BENDU were the most feared warriors in the universe. For one hundred thousand years, generations of JEDI perfected their art as the personal bodyguards of the emperor. They were the chief architects of the invincible IMPERIAL SPACE FORCE which expanded the EMPIRE across the galaxy, from the celestial equator to the farthest reaches of the GREAT RIFT."
"Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by one they have been hunted down and destroyed as enemies of the NEW EMPIRE by a ferocious and sinister rival warrior sect, THE KNIGHTS OF SITH."
Doesn't have quite the same ring to it… does it?
Do or do not? Apparently, there is such as thing as 'try'.
But while it's strange to see 'Star Wars' represented in this way, it's incredibly interesting to see how the story evolved… how the movies we hold so dear came to be. And Dark Horse seem to share the sentiment.
"I'm not sure where I first read about The Star Wars," explained editor, Randy Stradley. "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." And it's easy to see why. It's certainly not the 'Star Wars' we know and love... but could it be just as good? "I always assumed this would be one of those stories that would be lost to history," he explained. "So getting to work on bringing it to life is kinda like a dream come true."
At the moment, it's unclear exactly which draft Dark Horse will be basing their comics on… or if it will remain entirely true to the source. But it should be hitting your local comic-book stores by September 2013… and if these first-look images are anything to go by, it's going to be a very interesting read.
What do you think of George Lucas' first draft? Would you have watched this movie?