Star Wars script
Star Wars (1977)
Synopsis: Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness. David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew co-star in supporting roles.

INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER

Threepio stands in a hallway, somewhat bewildered. Artoo is nowhere in

sight. The pitiful screams of the doomed Rebel soldiers can be heard

in the distance.

THREEPIO:

Artoo! Artoo-Detoo, where are

you?

A familiar clanking sound attacks Threepio's attention and

he spots little Artoo at the end of the hallway in a smoke-filled

alcove. A beautiful young girl (about sixteen years old) stands in

front of Artoo. Surreal and out of place, dreamlike and half hidden in

the smoke, she finishes adjusting something on Artoo's computer face,

then watches as the little robot joins his companion.

THREEPIO:

At last! Where have you been?

Stormtroopers can be heard battling in the distance.

THREEPIO:

They're heading in this direction.

What are we going to do? We'll be

sent to the spice mines of Kessel

or smashed into who knows what!

Artoo scoots past his bronze friend and races down the

subhallway. Threepio chases after him.

THREEPIO:

Wait a minute, where are you

going?

Artoo responds with electronic beeps.

INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - CORRIDOR

The evil Darth Vader stands amid the broken and twisted bodies of his

foes. He grabs a wounded Rebel Officer by the neck as an Imperial

Officer rushes up to the Dark Lord.

IMPERIAL OFFICER

The Death Star plans are not in

the main computer.

Vader squeezes the neck of the Rebel Officer, who struggles

in vain.

VADER:

Where are those transmissions you

intercepted?

Vader lifts the Rebel off his feet by his throat.

REBEL OFFICER:

We intercepted no transmissions.

Aaah... This is a consular ship.

Were on a diplomatic mission.

VADER:

If this is a consular ship... where

is the Ambassador?

The Rebel refuses to speak but eventually cries out as the

Dark Lord begins to squeeze the officer's throat, creating a gruesome

snapping and choking, until the soldier goes limp. Vader tosses the

dead soldier against the wall and turns to his troops.

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George Lucas

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver. However, a terrible car accident just after his high school graduation ended that dream permanently. The accident changed his views on life. He decided to attend Modesto Junior College before enrolling in the University of Southern California film school. As a film student, he made several short films including THX-1138: 4EB (Electronic Labyinth) which won first prize at the 1967-68 National Student Film Festival. In 1967, he was awarded a scholarship by Warner Brothers to observe the making of Finian's Rainbow (1968) which was being directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas and Coppola became good friends and formed American Zoetrope in 1969. The company's first project was Lucas' full-length version of THX 1138 (1971). In 1971, Coppola went into production for The Godfather (1972), and Lucas formed his own company, Lucasfilm Ltd. In 1973, he wrote and directed the semiautobiographical American Graffiti (1973) which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award nominations. This gave him the clout he needed for his next daring venture. From 1973 to 1974, he began writing the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He was inspired to make this movie from Flash Gordon and the Planet of the Apes films. In 1975, he established I.L.M. (Industrial Light and Magic) to produce the visual effects needed for the movie. Another company called Sprocket Systems was established to edit and mix Star Wars and later becomes known as Skywalker Sound. His movie was turned down by several studios until 20th Century Fox gave him a chance. Lucas agreed to forego his directing salary in exchange for 40% of the film's box-office take and all merchandising rights. The movie went on to break all box office records and earned seven Academy Awards. It redefined the term "blockbuster". The rest is history. Lucas made the other Star Wars films and along with Steven Spielberg created the Indiana Jones series which made box office records of their own. From 1980 to 1985, Lucas was busy with the construction of Skywalker Ranch, built to accommodate the creative, technical, and administrative needs of Lucasfilm. Lucas also revolutionized movie theatres with the T.H.X. System which was created to maintain the highest quality standards in motion picture viewing. He went on to make several more movies that have introduced major innovations in film-making technology. He is chairman of the board of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1992, George Lucas was honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his life-time achievement. more…

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