Blah Wars: A Star Wars Podcast

Blah Wars #29: The Empire Strikes Back: Early Drafts

January 29, 2018

In 1978 George Lucas hired legendary screenwriter Leigh Brackett (Rio Bravo, The Long Goodbye, El Dorado) to proudce the screenplay for his Star Wars sequel: The Empire Strikes Back. George wasn't happy with her treatment and rewrote the script himself before eventually hiring Lawrence Kasdan to help finish the screenplay. In this special episode of Blah Wars, John and Jude read through a summary of the first and second drafts of the Empire script and discover some funny parallels between Brackett's first attempt and The Last Jedi. We had so much fun recording this episode - doing the voices and overlaying the episode with music to hopefully paint a picture of how the film might have played out.