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The Original Draft of ‘Star Wars’ Gets the Comic Book Treatment. Luckily George Lucas Has Nothing to Do With It

Long has been the theory that George Lucas is actually a terrible filmmaker and that Star Wars Episode IV as was a fluke that was quickly corrected by hiring additional writers and new directors for the second two original trilogy flicks. There's no greater evidence to support this idea than the last three movies Lucas wrote and directed on his own, or the story he dreamed up for the last Indiana Jones. So then it should also come as no surprise that his original draft of Star Wars, originally titled The Star Wars: The Adventures of the Starkiller is kind of crazy and weird and probably was altered after notes from some of his more competent, famous filmmaking friends.

Luckily, that original was never filmed (though you can read the script here), but it will finally be realized in comic book form in the Dark Horse adaptation of The Star Wars, complete with old, aged Luke Skywalker and lizard-fied Han Solo. The 8-issue comic book will begin in September and  Entertainment Weekly was able to grab some early art courtesy of Dark Horse which can be viewed above and below. 

Harrison Ford Finally Sorta Really Confirms That He’s Returning as Han Solo

Okay, let's see if we've got this figured out. First a Disney source claimed that Harrison Ford was confirmed to return as Han Solo. Ford had earlier said that he'd be interested in the idea. Then Lucas gave an interview to Businessweek where he let the cat out of the bag that he'd already approached the three main characters from the original trilogy for the new sequel. But now, while out looking pissed off for having to be talking to reporters, Harrison Ford finally opened up about the status of his casting and that of his two much, much lesser necessary co-stars.

Ford told WGNTV (yes, them) , 'I think it's almost true...I'm looking forward to it....It's not in the bag but I think it's happening.' Ford, who will be 73 if Episode VII is in fact released in 2015, is finally starting to age a bit but hardly his actual age (the guy pulled off 45 for like fifteen years). So while Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are pushing the boundaries of embarrassing, Ford could easily pick up where he left Han Solo 30 years ago.

The Carrie Fisher Mind-F#ck Continues as George Lucas Denies Her Denial

Businessweek just published an interesting article that went through all the details and nuances that led to Disney buying Lucasfilm. And coming off seemingly bitter for some reason, George Lucas is quoted describing the deals made with the original three main actors from the original trilogy:

Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, "We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison-or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what's going on.' " He pauses. "Maybe I'm not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them." Then he adds: "I won't say whether the negotiations were successful or not."

Even though just this morning, Carrie Fisher's reps waved off her assertion that she was confirmed to be returning as Princess Leia as nothing but a joke, it seems like she'd already long been in near-confirmed talks to come back. The same goes for Harrison Ford, whose supposed return was only confirmed about three weeks ago, even though it seems like he was ready to come on board back in 2012. And let's not even forget about Mark Hamill's back-and-forth confirmation (although like most things to do with Mark Hamill, you probably did anyway). Read More » »

Carrie Fisher Backtracks on Her Return to ‘Star Wars’. Probably Just the Pills Talkin’

It seems like only yesterday we reported that Carrie Fisher gave an interview in which she said that she was definitely returning as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode VII. Oh, wait, that was yesterday. Okay. And now, the actress's reps are already backtracking on her claim, telling CNN that Fisher 'was joking...Nothing has been announced.' Haha, high-larious joke, Carrie. I see you've kept that wit of yours after all these years.

Meanwhile, whether or not, Fisher can get her shit together in time to don the gold bikini, Bob Iger, CEO of Diseny, confirmed to the company's shareholders earlier this week that the House of Mouse is definitely developing 'some standalone movies' to take place within the Star Wars universe. I of course am still holding out hope for a Salacious B. Crumb flick. Fingers cross.

Princess Leia Hospitalized Following Bizarre Episode on Cruise Ship

According to TMZ, Princess Leia, aka Carrie Fisher, was hospitalized for her bi-polar disorder after the now-Disney Princess gave a strange and bizarre, slurred performance on a Caribbean cruise ship, the Holland America Eurodam, last week. Video surfaced of the show, with Fisher as the surprise 'celebrity' guest in which the Star Wars actress performed by 'slurring a couple off-key songs. Her dog even POOPS AND PEES on the stage while she's singing.' Her reps report that 'she went to the hospital briefly to adjust her medication and is feeling much better now.'

Whether or not her health will affect her purported return to the franchise with Episode VII, maybe between her medical condition and the sway of the boat, she had a flashback to performing on Jabba's pleasure palace cruise ship and just lost it. The video of Fisher performing on a cruise ship for some reason is below:

The Only Three ‘Star Wars’ Movies, Disney Should Be Thinking About Making Right Now

We've all been pretty caught up in the new adventures of Star Wars that are coming our way thanks to Jabba the Hutt's George Lucas's sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. There's been plenty of talk about a possible Yoda spin-off, a Han Solo one, maybe even a Boba Fett feature. And over the weekend there was even news of a possible Knights of the Old Republic possible feature. Though as of now the only confirmed film is JJ Abram's Episode VII. And hey, that's all great. But...

Over the weekend I was walking through Best Buy and they were playing the Blu-ray of Star War: A New Hope on their big HD TVs. And I may have sat down to watch the first few minutes. Next thing I know the Ewoks were saving the day and the janitor was turning off the lights in the building. And while I spent close to ten hours rewatching the original trilogy, I couldn't help but feel angry when I finally stood up. Did Han Solo really still not shoot first? Does the Sarlac Pit still have that stupid mouth now, totally making the cool idea of a living pit so not cool. And...and I'm sorry, did Darth Vader suddenly yell 'No!' before tossing the Emperor down to his death? Where the hell did that come from? So I want to ask Disney: Please, please, please re-release the original versions of Star Wars Episodes IV-VI. Read More » »

Mark Hamill Kinda Confirms He’s Returning to ‘Star Wars.’ No One Breathes a Sigh of Relief

I think ever since they announced that there'd be a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2015, everyone kind of assumed it would be about the offspring of Luke, Leia and Han. Especially since stories concerning the grandchildren of Anakin Skywalker already exist and have an interesting arc to them on their own, which you can read about here. So where does that leave the stars of the original? Well, we know now that Harrison Ford is apparently confirmed to step back into the black Corellian boots of Captain Han Solo, and they, that's fantastic. Ford has remained an A-list movie star since the late-70s and even though now in his seventies, he's still in shape and capable.

So where does that leave Luke and Leia. Well, time has really not been all that kind to Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. While they remain active with work (Hamill as a successful voice-over actor and Fisher as a screenwriter and author), there's a good reason they tend to remain off camera these days. I'm not saying that unless you're a paragon of beauty and youth you shouldn't be allowed to act, far from it, but these are some of the most iconic characters of all time and we remember them a certain way. It would almost do a disservice for them to suddenly be back in our lives as paunchy, bloated, craggly and sad. And with Hamill telling Entertainment Tonight that both he and Fisher are 'in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy', that's a distinct possibility.  Read More » »