Monday, March 10, 2014
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Star Trek afficianados are very familiar with some of the series' better known episodes. One such episode--"City on the Edge of Forever"--is regarding by many as the greatest episode of all time. Harlan Ellison's original teleplay for "City on the Edge of Forever" was modified before the episode was filmed, but now, at long last, fans will be able to enjoy his original teleplay in the form of an all-new miniseries coming from IDW in June: Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay.
"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," said series editor and IDW Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. "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."
Ellison's original teleplay won both the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation as well as the Writer's Guild of America's Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay. For decades, legions of fans have speculated about the episode's history, but few people have read the original teleplay, which is very different from the televised version. This comic-book miniseries, produced under the guidance of Harlan Ellison himself, now offers fans everywhere the opportunity to see a classic Star Trek episode the way no one has seen it before. Adapting the teleplay for the comics series are writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton and interior art will be painted by J.K. Woodward.
Harlan Ellison says: "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...'"
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. Full press release below.