Eastern New Mexico University houses a secret sci-fi treasure in the form of original, handwritten Star Wars scripts.
Screenwriter Leigh Brackett was hired by George Lucas himself to pen scenes for the second installment of the original Star Wars trilogy back in the late 1970s.
The school’s Special Collections librarian, Gene Bundy, confirms with the Portales News Tribune that the Star Wars creator also provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.
ENMU’s Golden Library is also in possession of Brackett’s original notes from her meetings with Lucas. All of this came to pass as a result of of Brackett’s longtime friendship with ENMU alum and “Dean of Science Fiction”, author Jack Williamson – who taught at the university from 1960 til his death in 2006.
Though Brackett’s original drafts, donated to the university upon her death in 1978, were revised many times before the movie was released in 1980, she is posthumously credited for her writing in the film.
The original movie scripts and screenplays are available for public viewing upon request.
Read more from Bundy with the Portales News-Tribune here.