Well, this is awesome. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is one of the greatest films in sci-fi history, and now we have a peek at the original script — including writer Lawrence Kasdan’s handwritten scribbles and changes.
The fine folks over at /Film have acquired five pages from Kasdan’s script, including several handwritten notes and different lines that didn’t make the final cut. The coolest? The Leia/Han Solo “I love you,” scene, which includes the original (less cool) dialogue. Of course, Harrison Ford ad libbed the oft-quoted “I know” line that made the final version (and also made Han Solo the coolest guy ever).
It’s amazing to see how fluid the script was behind the scenes at the time, and how things changed with each scribble of Kasdan’s pen. He didn’t know it at the time, but he was taking notes on what would eventually become a historical heirloom, penning one of the most beloved films in one of the biggest franchises in the world.
The pages come via the Writers Guild Foundation Archive, where a full copy of Kasdan’s script resides.