Synopsis: Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Year:
1977
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STAR WARS:

Episode IV

A NEW HOPE:

From the

JOURNAL OF THE WHILLS

by

George Lucas

Revised Fourth Draft

January 15, 1976

LUCASFILM LTD.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away...

A vast sea of stars serves as the backdrop for the main title.

War drums echo through the heavens as a rollup slowly crawls

into infinity.

It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships,

striking from a hidden base, have won their first

victory against the evil Galactic Empire.

During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal

secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the

Death Star, an armored space station with enough

power to destroy an entire planet.

Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess

Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of

the stolen plans that can save her people and

restore freedom to the galaxy...

The awesome yellow planet of Tatooine emerges from a total

eclipse, her two moons glowing against the darkness. A tiny

silver spacecraft, a Rebel Blockade Runner firing lasers

from the back of the ship, races through space. It is pursed

by a giant Imperial Stardestroyer. Hundreds of deadly

laserbolts streak from the Imperial Stardestroyer, causing

the main solar fin of the Rebel craft to disintegrate.

INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

An explosion rocks the ship as two robots, Artoo-Detoo (R2-

D2) and See-Threepio (C-3PO) struggle to make their way

through the shaking, bouncing passageway. Both robots are

old and battered. Artoo is a short, claw-armed tripod. His

face is a mass of computer lights surrounding a radar eye.

Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of

human proportions. He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic

surface of an Art Deco design.

Another blast shakes them as they struggle along their way.

THREEPIO:

Did you hear that? They've shut down

the main reactor. We'll be destroyed

for sure. This is madness!

Rebel troopers rush past the robots and take up positions in

the main passageway. They aim their weapons toward the door.

THREEPIO:

We're doomed!

The little R2 unit makes a series of electronic sounds that

only another robot could understand.

THREEPIO:

There'll be no escape for the Princess

this time.

Artoo continues making beeping sounds. Tension mounts as

loud metallic latches clank and the scream of heavy equipment

are heard moving around the outside hull of the ship.

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George Lucas

George Walton Lucas Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. Lucas is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. more…

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