Star Wars fans have a lot to be excited about these days, with Disney and LucasFilm prepping the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII for release in 2015. Dark Horse Comics has a much different Star Wars incarnation coming out, with an eight-episode series entitled The Star Wars, which is based on George Lucas' first draft of the Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope screenplay. The first trailer and artwork has been released for this comic book series, debuting on September 4, and you can also CLICK HERE to read a free preview. Take a look at the video and artwork, then read on for more details from creators J.W. Rinsler and Mike Mayhew.

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The series is inspired by the 1974 screenplay where Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) still needed to be saved, R2-D2 actually talks, Han Solo is actually a secret agent reptilian creature and master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and farmhand Luke Skywalker were originally Jedi master Luke Skywalker and the young Annikin Starkiller. Here's what co-creator J.W. Rinsler, an executive at LucasBooks, had to say about George Lucas' original draft.

"You can teach a college course on how he got from that story to his first Star Wars film. Francis Ford Coppola read the rough draft and thought it was pretty good. He wasn't really sure why George was changing it."

J.W. Rinsler also spoke about how George Lucas knew it was nearly impossible to make that version of his movie in the mid-70s.

"I'm sure he (Lucas) knew quite well in 1974 that there was no way you could film this script. He changes locales sometimes twice on a page. Any studio head reading that would have just had a heart attack. He would have thrown it in the garbage by the time he got to page 20."