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.





Lawrence Kasdan


George Lucas

From The Novel


George Lucas

Third Draft

Property of Lucasfilm Ltd.

Completion Date December 1, 1981


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

by a ROLL-UP, which crawls into infinity.

Episode VI


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.


The shuttle captain makes contact with the Death Star.


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

our approach. Deactivate the security shield.


The security deflector shield will be deactivated when we have

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



We're starting our approach.


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.


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


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.


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.


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



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

back on


The commander turns ashen and begins to shake.


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


Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.


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


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


But he asks the impossible. I need more men.


Then perhaps you can tell him when he arrives.

JERJERROD (aghast)

The Emperor's coming here?

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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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