Deep in the archives of the University of New Brunswick’s library in Saint John, a famous movie script sat forgotten and collecting dust. It tells the tales of a galaxy far, far away — and no one knows how it got there.
Since February, Kristian Brown, a librarian, has been sifting through the library’s extensive science fiction collection.
With a big interest in the sci-fi genre, Brown was tasked to digitize the university’s collection of zines, pulp magazines and novels.
Just as Brown was coming to the end of his contract, he came across what appears to be an original shooting script for Star Wars.
The script is bound in blue paper, emblazoned with official Lucasfilm Industries stamps.
The date of the fourth edition revised script, is March 15, 1976, which is well ahead of the film’s 1977 theatrical release date.
Brown is less concerned about its monetary value, as he is of its worth as a piece of pop-culture treasure.
“No matter how many new things are made, it all basically came from this first thing. And it’s just good to look back at the origins of the entire thing and not forget, you know, what came first,” he said.
Aside from the Lucasfilm stamps, the titles also bear a curious look at how Star Wars evolved as it was written and distributed.
The first difference that pops-out, is the name of one of the most recognized characters in recent film history.