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The original script for Star Wars was very different from what audiences saw on screen in 1977. George Lucas first wrote The Star Wars as a much campier tale. Some of the now-popular characters were aliens, some didn’t exist and others were different older or younger. Author J.W. Rinzler has written about the script in his fantastic book The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film but few fans have ever been able to explore it fully. Until now.

Beginning in September, Rinzler and Dark Horse Comics will adapt George Lucas’ original script, The Star Wars, into an eight-issue comic book mini-series. It’s the “story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights.” Read more, and see more art, below. Read More »

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Adam Schickling - Star Wars Episode VII

How beautiful is that fan-made Star Wars Episode VII poster? It’s by artist Adam Schickling and it’s so cool, we decided to round up a few pieces of Star Wars news just so we could showcase it. After the jump read about the following

  • Return of the Jedi will screen May 4 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood to celebrate its 30th anniversary
  • Star Wars Angry Birds is about to get a Cloud City update
  • The synopsis for The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler has been released.
  • Rumors suggest the future of LucasArts could be in question.
  • Darth Vader invades Tokyo in viral video for Tokyo Disneyland’s Star Tours upgrade.
  • Check out art of iconic Star Wars scenes reimagined like an Eighties teen movie.
  • A new law could make it legal to be married by a Jedi…in Scotland.

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A day after the biggest movie news in recent memory, reactions and speculation about the future of Star Wars are still in hyperdrive.

A new Star Wars trilogy kicks off in 2015 and details about the movies, specifically the opener Episode VII, are in high demand. For most fans, thoughts immediately turned to the Expanded Star Wars Universe: books and comic books set after Return of the Jedi. These feature the original trilogy’s popular characters: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. It seems almost too easy to grab one of the books, such as the well-regarded Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, and adapt a screenplay from it.

That’s not likely to happen. We all know George Lucas had a much bigger story in mind during the early years of Star Wars. It’ll likely be those stories the new films are based on. A source tells E! News that the new trilogy will not be based on previously released material, saying “it’s an original story.” Additionally, a Lucas biographer, who has been privy to the director’s private notes, calls chapters seven through nine “the most exciting” stories of Lucas’ old outlines. Read their quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

empirestrikesbackbook

Yes, you read that right. You are reading a post about a trailer for a book. But not just any book. This is a goosebump-inducing trailer for Del Ray Books The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by J.W. Rinzler. He’s the guy behind the amazing books The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films and The Making of Star Wars The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film. Now, he’s tackling the undisputed best film in the Star Wars universe, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. It’ll be released on October 12.

Hit the jump to view the trailer which features an incredible look inside the Lucasfilm Archives, never before seen photos and concept art from Ralph McQuarrie, an interview with George Lucas and much more. Read More »

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