The Star Wars script
The Star Wars (1977)
Synopsis: The Imperial Forces -- under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) -- hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.

KANE:

No tracks. Bi-lock hasn't been opened....Interior systems are still on....

ANNIKIN:

Are we going to wait for him to come out?

KANE:

He's not in there....He's baiting us. I'm surprised they only sent one this

time. We must be wearing them down, or they must think this knight is

something special....Stay on guard, and keep hidden. I'm going to work my way

across the ridge and call his bluff. Better we meet in open combat than wait

for him to ambush us....Keep your guard!

Kane leaves his two sons and moves off along the obscured ridge. Annikin and

Deak watch him intently. Annikin throws down his multiplelaser rifle in

disgust.

ANNIKIN:

He should have let me go with him....He's getting too old to make an open

challenge.

DEAK:

He's not too old to realize you'd just get in the way.

Annikin ignores his little brother's remark and sneaks a look over the ridge

at the Sith spacecraft. Kane moves out of the rocks some distance away and

starts toward the starship. Deak moves to the ridge next to his brother, his

chrome laserrifle sparkling in the reflected light of Utapau.

DEAK:

He's making his move....

ANNIKIN:

Watch your guard...and cover that weapon. It shines like a beacon.

Deak reluctantly move away and watches the other direction. Kane has almost

reached the Sith spacecraft and still there is no sign of its occupant.

DEAK:

What's happening?

ANNIKIN:

Nothing. I don't like it.

Kane carefully moves to the main hatch of the starship. He kicks a valve and

the hatch drops open with a loud clank and rushing gas. Annikin becomes more

tense as his father carefully moves inside the spacecraft. Everything is

still. Even the continual winds seem to have died down. Moments pass with no

sign of activity inside the enemy starship. Annikin watches the craft with

his electrobinoculars. The waiting becomes unbearable.

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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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