At a WonderCon panel Dark Horse Comics announced a new series written by Jonathan Rinzler with art by Mike Mayhew titled The Star Wars. This new 8 issue limited series will be based on early George Lucas story drafts of Star Wars. This means we’ll see Annikin Starkiller rather than Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader is a separate character from Anakin who is a general rather than a Sith, and there’s even an old man General Luke Skywalker.
Head over to Bleeding Cool to check out some concept art and a preview of the first page, and keep an eye on EU Cantina for more news on The Star Wars before the series starts in September.
Update – For a bit of background on this project and a better look at a page from the first issue, check out the official press release from Dark Horse below.
LUCASFILM AND DARK HORSE ANNOUNCE THE BIGGEST EVENTIN THE HISTORY OF STAR WARS COMICS!
George Lucas’s original-draft screenplay for The Star Wars to be adapted by J. W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew!
APRIL 1, MILWAUKIE, OR–It’s no April Fools’ prank! Dark Horse is honored to announce a dream project: working with J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) to adapt the rough-draft original screenplay which spawned the biggest franchise in film history!
Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!
“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,” said longtime Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. “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.”
“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,” said writer J.W. Rinzler. “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.”
Originally conceived in 1974, The Star Wars has been the subject of rumor and legend in the fan community throughout the history of the galaxy far, far away. Now, Lucas has seen fit to grant Dark Horse the right to adapt this fabled story into an eight-issue comic series launching in September!