THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
From a story by George Lucas
EXT. GALAXY - PLANET HOTH
A Star Destroyer moves through space, releasing Imperial probe robots
from its underside.
One of these probes zooms toward the planet Hoth and lands on its ice-
covered surface. An explosion marks the point of
EXT. HOTH - METEORITE CRATER - SNOW PLAIN - DAY
A weird mechanical sound rises above the whining of the wind. A
strange probe robot, with several extended sensors, emerges from the
smoke-shrouded crater. The ominous mechanical probe floats across the
snow plain and disappears into the distance.
EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - DAY
A small figure gallops across the windswept ice slope. The bundled
rider is mounted on a large gray snow lizard, a Tauntaun. Curving
plumes of snow rise from beneath the speeding paws of the two-legged
The rider gallops up a slope and reins his lizard to a stop. Pulling
off his protective goggles, Luke Skywalker notices something in the
sky. He takes a pair of electrobinoculars from his utility belt and
through them sees smoke rising from where the probe robot has crashed.
The wind whips at Luke's fur-lined cap and he activates a comlink
transmitter. His Tauntaun shifts and moans nervously beneath him.
Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han,
old buddy, do you read me?
After a little static a familiar voice is heard.
Loud and clear, kid. What's up?
Well, I finished my circle. I
don't pick up any life readings.
There isn't enough life on this
ice cube to fill a space cruiser.
The sensors are placed, I'm going
Right. I'll see you shortly.
There's a meteorite that hit the
ground near here. I want to check
it out. It won't take long.
Luke clicks off his transmitter and reins back on his nervous lizard.
He pats the beast on the head to calm it.
Hey, steady girl. What's the
matter? You smell something?
Luke takes a small device from his belt and starts to adjust it when
suddenly a large shadow falls over him from behind. He hears a
monstrous howl and turns to see an eleven-foot-tall shape towering over
him. It is a Wampa Ice Creature, lunging at him ferociously.
Luke grabs for his pistol, but is hit flat in the face by a huge white
claw. He falls unconscious into the snow and in a moment the terrified
screams of the Tauntaun are cut short by the horrible snap of a neck
The Wampa Ice Creature grabs Luke by one ankle and drags him away
across the frozen plain.
EXT. HOTH - REBEL BASE ENTRANCE - DAY
A stalwart figure rides his Tauntaun up to the entrance of an enormous
INT. HOTH - REBEL BASE - MAIN HANGAR DECK
Rebel troopers rush about unloading supplies and otherwise securing
their new base. The rider, Han Solo, swings off his lizard and pulls
off his goggles.
He walks into the main hangar deck toward the Millennium Falcon, which
is parked among several fighters. Mechanics, R2 units, and various
other droids hurry about. Han stops at the Millennium Falcon where his
Wookiee copilot, Chewbacca, is welding on a central lifter. Chewie
stops his work and lifts his face shield, growling an irritated
greeting to his boss.
The Wookiee grumbles a reply.
All right, don't lose your temper.
I'll come right back and give you