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IDW Adapts Classic Harlan Ellison Script

Unaltered 'Star Trek' teleplay of 'City on the Edge of Forever' to become IDW comic

Harlan Ellison’s classic "Star Trek" episode "City on the Edge of Forever" will receive a comic adaption presenting his original, unaltered teleplay.

IDW Publishing is launching the all-new, five-part miniseries in June, with Ellison joining the project as a guide for its writers, brothers Scott and David Tipton.

Readers will find Ellison's intended story very different from the televised version.

“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 Chris Ryall, series editor and IDW chief creative officer/editor-in-chief. “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.”

Placing in the TV Guide poll of the "100 Best TV Episodes of All Time," "City on the Edge of Forever" -- airing April 6, 1967, during the show's first season -- won both the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation as well as the Writer’s Guild of America’s Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay. Joseph Pevney ("Amok Time," "The Trouble With Tribbles") directed the episode, which guest starred Joan Collins and centered on the crew of the Enterprise discovering a portal through time.

"Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay" features interior art by J.K. Woodward, who worked with the Tiptons on IDW's 2012 maxi-series "Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2."

In addition, each issue of the series has a special cover by artist Juan Ortiz, with variant covers by movie poster artist and "Star Trek: Khan" cover artist Paul Shipper.

“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 brothers and Chris Ryall on this long-awaited visual of my (humbly, I say it) brilliant original ‘City,’” Ellison said.

Source: 1701News

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