Harlan Ellison’s Original STAR TREK Script Gets The Comic Book Treatment

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star trekHarlan Ellison, the writer of such acclaimed works as A Boy And His Dog and Dangerous Visions, wrote one of the most highly regarded episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series ever. City on the Edge of Forever has been included at the top of favorite Trek episode lists as well as TV Guide‘s poll of the 100 Best TV Episodes of All Time. Ellison famously had trouble with the fact Gene Roddenberry changed, rewrote, and sanitized his script for the episode. Well now the writer’s original script for the fan-favorite episode is getting the comic book treatment from IDW. The publisher announced today that writers Scott and David Tipton, along with artist J.K. Woodward, would be adapting the story in a new miniseries.

The original teleplay won both a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and a Writer’s Guild of America Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay, and now it will be presented complete and ‘uncensored’ under the guidance of Ellison himself. The Tiptons will turn the story into a comic with painted interior art from Woodward. Cover artists will include Juan Ortiz and Star Trek: Khan movie poster artist Paul Shipper.

IDW Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall said of the project “Presenting Harlan Ellison’s brilliant original script for ‘City on the Edge…’ has been a goal of ours since IDW first began publishing Star Trek comics in 2007. The episode justifies its position atop ‘best Star Trek episodes’ lists but even it ain’t nuthin’ compared to what Ellison did in his original teleplay. This is truly going to be a Star Trek adventure unlike any other, even to fans who have that beloved episode memorized.”  The legendary Ellison adds “It was a superlative joy of my long life to have worked with Leonard Nimoy, who became my friend, and many others at Star Trek; and an equally heart-happy joy to be working with J.K. and the Tipton Bros. and Chris Ryall on this long-awaited visual of my (humbly, I say it) brilliant original ‘City…’” The official press release reads in part:

Star Trek’s “City on the Edge of Forever” originally aired on April 6, 1967, as the penultimate episode of Star Trek’s first season. The episode is, at its most basic, a poignant love story as well as a breathtaking trip through space and time, from the future all the way through 1930s America, as Kirk and Spock race to apprehend a renegade criminal and restore the order of the universe. IGN awarded it the number-one spot in their list of the Top 10 Classic Star Trek Episodes. Further, TV Guide named the episode one of its 100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History. The first-ever comic-book adaptation of the teleplay as Harlan Ellison originally intended it is a true publishing event.
Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s Original City on the Edge of Forever Teleplay #1 (of 5) will be available in June and is under license by CBS Consumer Products
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