This summer will mark the debut of Marvel's Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation, featuring brand-new material not seen in the film. Outside of some controversy amongst fans, Star Wars 8 proved to be every bit as successful as its predecessors. The film currently sits at a worldwide gross of $1.3 billion, making it one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. It also received near-universal acclaim from critics and has spawned a new generation of fans who have taken to social media to express their love of Rian Johnson's latest offering.
Alongside the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2018 will bring the home video release of The Last Jedi and plenty more content surrounding the film. For instance, the Star Wars 8 novelization will include a number of scenes that were cut from the movie—such as the funeral for Han Solo. While many fans were hoping to see it on screen, Johnson explained why Han's funeral was cut from the already lengthy film. But the book won't be the only adaptation of the movie that features new material, as an upcoming comic will treat fans to bonus scenes.
Marvel and Lucasfilm have announced that the first two issues of the 6-part Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation will arrive on May 2, 2018. Check out the press release and synopsis below for more details:
This May, writer Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Rebels) joins artist Michael Walsh (Star Wars Annual, Hawkeye, The Vision) for a thrilling adaptation of the hit blockbuster STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, as they follow Rey, Poe and Finn in their adventures across the galaxy, featuring never-before-seen material!
The six-issue miniseries tells an all-new, exciting story that movie and comic fans alike will enjoy. It’s new Star Wars stories in a tale you already know: relive the magic of Rey’s heroism, Finn’s bravery and Poe’s daringness in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ADAPTATION, out this May!
Like the adaptation of The Force Awakens before it, the comic book retelling of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will allow fans to relive the story and explore new aspects of it. There's no telling what the additional scenes will be, but they'll likely overlap somewhat with those from the novelization. Hopefully, some exclusive content will be included and with any luck the recent tease that Snoke's backstory could still be explored will factor into the comic.
As for the team behind the book, both Gary Whitta and Michael Walsh are familiar with the world of Star Wars. Whitta is an especially fitting choice given he wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alongside multiple Star Wars Rebels episodes. The series will also feature art by Mike Spice and the first two covers will be by Mike Del Mundo. Joe Quesada, meanwhile, will handle a variant cover. And with just three months until the release, fans won't have to wait long for more Star Wars: The Last Jedi content.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation will arrive May 2, 2018.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019