It's the kind of thing that sounds like an April Fool's Day prank, but for 'Star Wars' fans it will be an exploration of one of the greatest "What if?" scenarios of all time. Dark Horse Comics has announced that it is adapting George Lucas' original 'Star Wars' treatment into a comic miniseries. Sure, 'Star Wars' comics are nothing new, but Lucas' original ideas were so radically and wildly different than the finished films that this should prove fascinating and utterly unique.

Lucas' original pitch for 'The Star Wars' featured an elderly Luke Skywalker, an alien Han Solo and "lazer swords" instead of lightsabers, which is a far cry from what audiences actually saw on screen in 1977. 'Star Wars' trivia pages and DVD special features have long teased this original pitch, but the full details of it have remained a mystery for over thirty years. However, Dark Horse and comic writer J.W. Rinzler have secured Lucas' approval, read the original ideas and will be bringing them to fans through the comic medium, giving the world a taste of what this beloved series could have looked liked.

From the official press release:

Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!

Originally conceived in 1974, The Star Wars has been the subject of rumor and legend in the fan community throughout the history of the galaxy far, far away. Now, Lucas has seen fit to grant Dark Horse the right to adapt this fabled story into an eight-issue comic series launching in September!

'The Star Wars' will run eight issues and arrive in September. Here's some same art to whet your appetite until it arrives:

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