It’s one of the most iconic moments in science fiction cinema, that black screen with the blue words “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” and then the Star Wars logo pulls back and we get the opening crawl of A New Hope. A move lifted from the serials of George Lucas’ youth that inspired the films, it’s been aped and spoofed, but it’s also synonymous with the beloved space opera. And it was almost very different.
What appears in the original 1977 film is the product of Lucas and Brian De Palma, who helped edit down the initial text some. Over at Imugr there is a collection of rare and behind the scenes Star Wars photos, and one of them shows a page of the original script with the first attempt at the crawl. Read it for yourself here: