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Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back posterThe original screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back has made it's way online and shows many intriguing differences to the movie that eventually made it to the big screen.

The draft script was written by Leigh Brackett, a legendary writer most famous for her collaboration with Howard Hawks in The Big Sleep (1946) as well as numerous action flicks and spaghetti westerns.

The original draft - titled 'Star Wars Sequel' - was completed on February 23, 1978 but Brackett died of cancer on March 18, 1978 before she could do a rewrite. George Lucas was left to do various drafts and then Lawrence Kasdan was commissioned (later going on to work with Lucas on Raiders Of The Lost Ark as well as return Of The Jedi).

Although many of Brackett's ideas and lines made it into Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, plenty of others were shelved.

Find out how different the original Empire Strikes Back script was after the jump... Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back posterThe original screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back has made it's way online and shows many intriguing differences to the movie that eventually made it to the big screen.

The draft script was written by Leigh Brackett, a legendary writer most famous for her collaboration with Howard Hawks in The Big Sleep (1946) as well as numerous action flicks and spaghetti westerns.

The original draft - titled 'Star Wars Sequel' - was completed on February 23, 1978 but Brackett died of cancer on March 18, 1978 before she could do a rewrite. George Lucas was left to do various drafts and then Lawrence Kasdan was commissioned (later going on to work with Lucas on Raiders Of The Lost Ark as well as return Of The Jedi).

Although many of Brackett's ideas and lines made it into Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, plenty of others were shelved.

The biggest bombshell is the idea that Luke's twin sister wasn't Princess Leia - but instead would have been a girl named Nellith -- and that they weren't fathered by Darth Vader. Brackett's storyline was for the real father to have separated them and hid them in different parts of the galaxy. Another idea that was cut was a scene where the Wampa on Hoth invade the Rebel base, while Yoda's original name was Minch.

In other Star Wars news it has emerged that George Lucas has written a letter of support to the creators of the soon-to-finish cult TV show Lost - a show often accused of making it up as it goes along. Writing to executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Lucas admits that while making Star Wars he didn't know how it was going to end either.

"The trick is to pretend you've planned the whole thing out in advance," writes Lucas. "Throw in some father issues and references to other stories - let's call them homages - and you've got a series."

Reading the correspondence out at a Lost fan event, Lindelof quipped: "I just want to apologise to Mr. George Lucas for everything I said about the prequels..."