When Disney first purchased Marvel and the Star Wars franchise, it was only a matter of time before the comics license did not get renewed with Dark Horse. The company is initiating one last mini series that brings the entire series full circle. Dark Horse has announced that it is doing a new mini-series based on the original screenplay that George Lucas wrote.
The Star Wars was the original name to the first movie. It was 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 original screen play was obviously very different from what we saw on film.
The project is being written by an executive editor at Lucasbooks, J.W. Rinzler and illustrated by Mike Mayhew, an artist who has previously worked on Marvel’s Avengers: End Times. Rinzler said “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 new Star Wars comic project will be released in digital and tangible comic books this September. The license Dark Horse has expires in late 2013 and Marvel will begin to publish new comic books in early 2014.