Star Wars Bits: ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Script Problems Mirror ‘Episode VII,’ Plus eBooks, Trailers And Posters
Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Thursday brought some very interesting, official news on the Star Wars front, but it’s far from all that’s out there. In this edition of Star Wars Bits we’ve got even more official information – mostly about books – and some cool non-official stuff too. After the jump, read about the following.
- A new article details script issues that happened on The Empire Strikes Back similar to what’s now happening on Star Wars Episode VII.
- Learn about the eBook enhanced versions of J.W. Rinzler‘s Making of Star Wars books.
- Watch trailers for Star Wars: Frames and Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s Code.
- Check out the latest Return of the Jedi poster by Acme Archives.
- A 7 foot Star Wars fans fights for a chance to audition for Episode VII.
Worried about the Episode VII script issues? Maybe you shouldn’t be. The Huffington Post has a fascinating article about the very first draft of The Empire Strikes Back by Leigh Brackett. Brackett tragically passed away after finishing an early draft and Lucas ended up writing most of what we now know today. But the original script is out there, and it’s crazy different from the final version. Read the fascinating full story here, but this is a small example:
As in Empire, Luke winds up on a mysterious bog planet. Only, instead of meeting Yoda, Luke encounters a less cryptic creature named Minch. Minch eventually introduces Luke to the ghost of Ben Kenobi and, most surprisingly, the ghost of Luke’s father.
Yes, one of the biggest twists in cinematic history — Darth Vader being Luke Skywalker’s father — was not in the first draft of The Empire Strikes Back. And, to be honest, it’s not much of a meeting, except that Papa Skywalker explains to Luke that Luke has a sister named Nellith that Papa Skywalker hid in another part of the galaxy. Eventually, Luke takes the “Jedi oath,” which is as corny as it sounds. (Also: this pretty much proves that the Vader-Luke, father-son relationship was not Lucas’ plan all along.)
If you’re a big Star Wars fan, J.W. Rinzler’s Making of books are must owns. They are simply incredible. And now, they’re getting even better. The official Star Wars Blog wrote about the brand new, enchanted eBook versions which include never before seen videos and audio interviews. You can read much more about them at this link, but here are a few screen grabs.
On the topic of Star Wars books, Frames is now available. It’s a collection of specially collected frames from the entire series by George Lucas himself, and here’s a trailer.
Yes, more Star Wars book news. Here’s a trailer for an incredible Deluxe Edition of Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s Code.
Next week, the Acme Archives will be selling the final poster in a trilogy by Mark Daniels. It goes on sale October 30, read more about it here, and check it below: