David Natiuk's Reviews > Star Wars: A New Hope - Screenplay

Star Wars by George Lucas
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Apr 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: star-wars, fiction, fantasy
Read in April, 2011

The history of Star Wars is interesting for the incredible impact it's had on society. Here you can read the actual screenplay that was turned into the famous movie. What's interesting is that the final screenplay was in itself an evolution of thought & ideas, gradually taking shape over the course of multiple drafts. The version you're reading in this book is actually version 4 or 5 - something like that, but it's very close to the final story you see in the movie.

When compared with the novel (book) ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster, the screenplay is actually more accurate to the final movie. It's also a quicker read, as a full-length book contains additional exposition and detail.

There are a few cool surprises like the missing scenes of Luke & his friends on Tattooine, the conversation of Han & Jabba the Hutt in Mos Eisley and the reuniting of Luke & Biggs before the Battle of Yavin. Most Star Wars fans are now quite familiar with these scenes, and most have been added back into the Star Wars movies in later revision ("special" editions)... but it's best to read it in the words of the author and see the original intent.

Being quite familiar with Star Wars: A New Hope, it is not a challenge to visualize each scene as you're reading it. What makes it so fun is to see how the actors took the script and really shaped it. And for crying out loud... HAN SHOOTS FIRST!
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