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.

1. FADE IN:

SPACE:

A sea of stars is broken by the vast blue surface of the planet, Utapau. Five

small moons slowly drift into view from the far side of the planet. The main

titles are followed by a roll-up:

Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi Bendu were the most feared warriors

in the universe. For one hundred thousand years, generations of Jedi

perfected their art as the personal bodyguards of the emperor. They were the

chief architects of the invincible Imperial Space Force which expanded the

Empire across the galaxy, from the celestial equator to the farthest reaches

of the Great Rift.

Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by one they have been

hunted down and destroyed as enemies of the New Empire by a ferocious and

sinister rival warrior sect, the Knights of Sith.

A small silver spacecraft emerges from behind one of the Utapau moons. The

deadly little fightercraft speeds past several of the moons, until it finally

goes into orbit around the fourth moon.

2. WASTELAND - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

A harsh gale blows across the bleak grey surface of the Fourth Moon. The

leaden sky presses down on a lone figure, Annikin Starkiller, a tall, heavy-

set boy of eighteen. He slowly makes his way across the canyon floor. The

heavy winds whip at him and make the going extremely difficult. His face is

covered by a breath mask and goggles. He stops for a second to adjust the

shoulder strap on his chrome multiplelaser rifle. Something in the sky

catches his eye, and he instinctively grabs a pair of electrobinoculars from

his belt. He stands transfixed for a few moments, studying the heavens, then

turns and rushes back in the direction from which he came.

3. SUPPLY HUT - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

A spacecraft, half buried in the dust, rests next to the remains of an

abandoned supply shack. Annikin makes his way across the colorless landscape

and rushes into the crumbling building. The interior of the hut is shabby,

but manages to abate the howling winds. Seated in front of a thermoheater are

Annikin's father, Kane, and his young brother, Deak. Kane is a large, burly

man, wearing the distinctive robes of a Jedi. Deak is ten years old, with

dusty blond hair and a large scratch on his cheek. Annikin slams the door and

removes his gear. His ruggedly handsome face is caked with many layers of

dust.

ANNIKIN:

Dad! Dad!...They've found us!

Deak looks up from a small cube he has been studying. His father whacks him

across the shoulder with a braided wire connector.

KANE:

Continue with the problem. Your concentration is worse than your brother's.

(to Annikin) How many?

ANNIKIN:

Only one this time. A Banta Four.

KANE:

Good. We may not have to repair this old bucket after all. Prepare yourself.

DEAK:

Me too!

KANE:

Do you have the answer?

DEAK:

I think it's the Corbet dictum: "What is, is without."

Kane smiles. This is the correct answer. Annikin is strapping on a utility

belt with chrome laserpistols and lasersword. Kane rises and starts for his

equipment.

DEAK (Con't)

Ahhh, Pop...

KANE:

Deak, do you feel you're ready?

DEAK:

Yes, sir. I've outmarked Annikin in twelve disciplines. I'm as good...

KANE:

All right, son, get your gear.

Deak jumps up with the enthusiasm available only to a ten-year-old and grabs

his gear. His father frowns and shakes his head.

4. WASTELAND BLUFF - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

Kane Starkiller and his two sons carefully make their way up a rock bluff

overlooking the parked silver Sith spacecraft. Kane inspects the craft with

his electrobinoculars.

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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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