Carrie Fisher’s annotated ‘Empire Strikes Back’ script up for auction

‘The Empire Strikes Back’ script featuring over 1,000 words handwritten by Carrie Fisher, including line revisions, character detail, and notes on subtext, as in this scene between Princess Leia and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) pictured in this handout photo obtained by Reuters.LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 — Carrie Fisher’s hand-annotated script for her Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back movie is expected to fetch up to US$50,000 (RM210,000) at an auction next month of her personal property.

California auctioneers Profiles in History said yesterday that the 158-page shooting script is marked and underlined in pencil by Fisher for every page with dialogue for her character Princess Leia.

The three-day auction in Los Angeles, starting October 7, will also include bound presentation scripts signed by movie director George Lucas for the 1977 first Star Wars movie, and sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Those three are expected to fetch US$20-US$30,000 each.

“To Carrie May the force be with you. George,” reads the inscription on the Empire Strikes Back script.

Fisher, 60, died suddenly in December 2016 after suffering a heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles just as she was enjoying a career revival with the re-invigorated Star Wars movie franchise that reunited her with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The actress was also due to have been the central character in the ninth film in the franchise, Star Wars: Episode IX, but the script for that film is being reworked after her death.

Disney and Lucasfilm announced this week that the release date for Episode IX had been pushed back six months to December 2019 and that JJ Abrams had been hired to write and direct after the departure of original director Colin Trevorrow.

Hundreds of other items of personal property and movie memorabilia owned by Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, who died a day after her daughter, are being auctioned in the October 7-9 sale. — Reuters