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COMIC LEGEND: Peter David nearly wrote the first Star Wars: Infinities series and it would have featured Luke as Leia's consort!
Star Wars: Infinities was an awesome series of Dark Horse Comics mini-series that were essentially "What If...?" stories for the Star Wars universe.
Reader Matthew F. wrote in asking about a story he had heard about how Peter David was going to be the original writer on the first Star Wars: Infinities series.
That IS true, Matthew, but the project fell through because David's story was deemed "too dark."
At PeterDavid.Net, we get the full picture of what happened...
I gotta say, I was furious when Lucasfilm kicked it back. The whole reason I’d taken on the assignment was because I’d been told that Lucasfilm had effectively given us carte blanche. But then, after I drafted the outline, they turned around and said that the story had to end with Luke, Leia and Han triumphing over evil. In other words, it had to have the same exact ending as Star Wars. It’s a crying shame. The cover image to issue #2, with a close shot of Princess Leia in the Darth Maul face make-up glaring out at the reader, would’ve been killer.
Such a killer idea that I asked Line it is Drawn artist Nick Perks to do a cover inspired by that idea! Check out Nick's work here. Nick was able to draw the below cover while ALSO doing a great piece for this week's Line it is Drawn! Nick is the best.
It IS an awesome visual!
David explained what the story would have entailed...
The concept was that you take one point in the film, and deviate from it, and see what happens. I actually ended up keying off my ‘Skippy the Jedi Droid’ story. I didn’t use Skippy in it per se, but I went to that moment when the droid that Uncle Owen was originally going to go with blows, and I had it not blow up. That simple. The robot mangaged to hold itself together long enough for the Jawas to make tracks, and then it blows up. But that sent everything off in a different direction. Because if that droid doesn’t blow up at that particular moment, they don’t acquire R2-D2. Without R2-D2, the story doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to go… the story ended with Leia, now the ruler of the Empire, a Sith Lord and her apprentice and lover, Luke Skywalker. They didn’t know!
That is twisted, but awesome!
That said, the Star Wars: Infinities that we eventually got was good, too.
Thanks to Matthew for the question and thanks to Peter David and PeterDavid.net for the information! And, of course, a great many thanks to Nick Perks for the Darth Leia cover!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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