[Movies] Dark Horse Comics Developing George Lucas' Original Star Wars Pitch
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.01.2013
Featuring Han Solo as a six foot lizard...
Dark Horse comics has announced that it has plans to take George Lucas' original idea for Star Wars and turn it into a comic book series. They will be working with J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks and artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) to adapt the rough draft original screenplay.
Three years before Star Wars in 1977, Lucas put his first ideas down, which included "lazer swords", Jedi Annikin Starkiller, General Luke Skywalker, an alien lizard named Han Solo and Sith Knights. It was then called The Star Wars.
Star Wars editor Randy Stradley said: "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. 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."
Rinzler added: "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. 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."
The project was originally thought up in 1974. The eight-issue comic series will launch in September.