Synopsis: After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Year:
1983
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RETURN:

OF THE:

JEDI:

by

Lawrence Kasdan

&

George Lucas

From The Novel

by

George Lucas

Third Draft

Property of Lucasfilm Ltd.

Completion Date December 1, 1981

1 SPACE

The boundless heavens serve as a back-drop for the MAIN TITLE, followed

by a ROLL-UP, which crawls into infinity.

Episode VI

RETURN OF THE JEDI

Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in an

attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of theƊvile

gangster Jabba the Hutt. Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE

has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even

more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star. When completed, this

ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of Rebels

struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy...

PAN DOWN to reveal a monstrous half-completed Death Star, its massive

superstructure curling away from the completed section like the arms of

a giant octopus. Beyond, in benevolent contrast, floats the small,

green moon of ENDOR.

An Imperial Star Destroyer moves overhead toward the massive armored

space station, followed by two zipping TIE fighters. A small Imperial

shuttle rockets from the main bay of the ship and hustles toward the

Death Star.

2 INT IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT

The shuttle captain makes contact with the Death Star.

SHUTTLE CAPTAIN:

Command station, this is ST 321. Code Clearance Blue. We're starting

our approach. Deactivate the security shield.

DEATH STAR CONTROLLER(filtered VO)

The security deflector shield will be deactivated when we have

confirmation of your code transmission. Stand by... You are clear to

proceed.

SHUTTLE CAPTAIN:

We're starting our approach.

3 INT DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

Operators move about among the control panels. A SHIELD OPERATOR hits

switches beside a large screen, on which is a display of the Death

Star, the moon Endor, and a bright web delineating the invisible

deflector shield.

A control officer rushes over to the shield operator.

OFFICER:

Inform the commander that Lord Vader's shuttle has arrived.

OPERATOR:

Yes, sir.

The control officer moves to a view port and watches as the Imperial

shuttle lands in the massive docking bay. A squad of Imperial

stormtroopers moves into formation before the craft.

4 INT DEATH STAR - MAIN DOCKING BAY

The DEATH STAR COMMANDER, MOFF JERJERROD, a tall, confident technocrat,

strides through the assembled troops to the base of the shuttle ramp.

The troops snap to attention; many are uneasy about the new arrival.

But the Death Star commander stands arrogantly tall.

The exit hatch of the shuttle opens with a WHOOSH, revealing only

darkness. Then, heavy FOOTSTEPS AND MECHANICAL BREATHING. From this

black void appears DARTH VADER, LORD OF THE SITH. Vader looks over the

assemblage as he walks down the ramp.

JERJERROD:

Lord Vader, this is an unexpected pleasure. We're honored by your

presence.

VADER:

You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I'm here to put you

back on

schedule.

The commander turns ashen and begins to shake.

JERJERROD:

I assure you, Lord Vader, my men are working as fast as they can.

VADER:

Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.

JERJERROD:

I tell you, this station will be operational as planned.

VADER:

The Emperor does not share your optimistic appraisal of the situation.

JERJERROD:

But he asks the impossible. I need more men.

VADER:

Then perhaps you can tell him when he arrives.

JERJERROD (aghast)

The Emperor's coming here?

VADER:

That is correct, Commander. And he is most displeased with your

apparent lack of progress.

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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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