[213] George Lucas has said that the theme of the saga is redemption. Some are based directly on the movie material, while others rely heavily on the non-canonical Expanded Universe (rebranded as Star Wars Legends and removed from the canon in 2014). Each trilogy focuses on a generation of the Force-sensitive Skywalker family. [86], The Star Wars franchise has been spun off to various television productions, including two animated series released in the mid-1980s. It was broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, adapting the original 1977 film into 13 episodes. [166][164][165] Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels reprised their film roles. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the first PG-13 film in the franchise, was released on May 19, 2005. Force-wielders are very limited in numbers in comparison to the average population. [241] The film can be said to have helped launch the science-fiction boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s, making science-fiction films a mainstream genre. While filming the original 1977 film, George Lucas decided to take a $500,000 pay cut to his salary as director in exchange for full ownership of the franchise's merchandising rights. [259] Lucas's concept of a "used universe" particularly influenced Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) and Alien (1979), James Cameron's Aliens (1986) as well as The Terminator (1984), George Miller's Mad Max 2 (1981), and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003). It was Bauersfeld's final role before his death in April 2016. Ant-Man helmer Peyton Reed is back in the director's chair. Lucasfilm founded its own video game company in 1982, becoming best known for adventure games and World War II flight combat games, but as George Lucas took more interest in the increasing success of the video game market, he wanted to have more creative control over the games, and founded his own development company, LucasArts. [9] Through training and meditation, those whom "the Force is strong with" are able to perform various superpowers (such as telekinesis, precognition, telepathy, and manipulation of physical energy). [263] Others have used the films to encourage second-level students to integrate technology in the science classroom by making prototype lightsabers. Star Wars won the 2020 Webby Award for Television & Film in the category Social.[87]. [198] By 2012, the first six films produced approximately US$20 billion in merchandising revenue. A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Kershner began his career in 1950, producing documentaries for the United States Information Service in the Middle East. "[65] In 1992, he acknowledged that he had plans to create the prequel trilogy. [54][55][56] By 1974, he had expanded the story into the first draft of a screenplay. As of 2019, audio-only novels have been released not directly based on printed media. Writer | Star Wars. Because of concerns over potential copyright and trademark issues, however, the contest was initially open only to parodies, mockumentaries, and documentaries. In 1971, George Lucas wanted to film an adaptation of the Flash Gordon serial, but could not obtain the rights, so he began developing his own space opera. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is making a Star Wars: Rogue Squadron film By Wes Fenlon 10 December 2020 One of the best Star Wars games is going to be a movie. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). Following its acquisition of the franchise, Disney reassigned video game rights to Electronic Arts. Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. He first gained widespread recognition for Monsters (2010), an independent film in which he served as writer, director, cinematographer, and visual effects artist. Further animated series began to be released in the 2000s, the first two of which focused on the Clone Wars. [219] Supreme Leader Snoke encourages Kylo Ren to kill his father, Han Solo. Richard Marquand was born on September 22, 1937 in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Alfred Marquand. [239] The first Star Wars film in 1977 was a cultural unifier,[240] enjoyed by a wide spectrum of people. In his comment (made in the prequel trilogy era) Lucas attributed this to Nixon's supposed intention to defy the, Lucas, George (2004). During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. Within three weeks of the film's release, the studio's stock price doubled to a record high. [212] Anakin was conceived of a virgin birth, and is assumed to be the "Chosen One", a messianic individual. [110] Lucasfilm maintained internal continuity between the films and television content and the EU material until April 25, 2014, when the company announced all of the EU works would cease production. Technical advances in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the ability to create computer-generated imagery (CGI), inspired Lucas to consider that it might be possible to revisit his saga. In 1952, director Ronald Neame cast Guinness in his first romantic lead role, opposite Petula Clark in The Card. 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[161] Williams also created the main theme for Galaxy's Edge. Gareth James Edwards (born 13 July 1975) is a Welsh film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, production designer, and visual effects artist. [209] Dozens of series have been produced, with Topps being the licensed creator in the United States. Victoria Mahoney was the first woman on a Star Wars directing team working as second-unit director on The Rise of Skywalker. [252] Finally, along with Steven Spielberg's Jaws, it shifted the film industry's focus away from personal filmmaking of the 1970s and towards fast-paced, big-budget blockbusters for younger audiences. Focused on how the Rebels obtained the Death Star plans introduced in the 1977 film, the first anthology film, Rogue One, was released on December 16, 2016, to favorable reviews and box office success. [75][76], Lucas decided to leave the franchise in the hands of other filmmakers, announcing in January 2012 that he would make no more Star Wars films. Jedi: Fallen Order was released in November 2019 and Star Wars: Squadrons was released in October 2020. 81. Since the 1990s, Hasbro holds the rights to create action figures based on the saga. [57] The 1977 movie's success led Lucas to make it the basis of an elaborate film serial. [47] The second is an unspecified film from Taika Waititi, who in May 2020 was announced to be directing a Star Wars film he was co-writing with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. George Lucas. The flag and iconography of the Empire resembles those of the Nazi Party and Germany during its rule. We see the director's kids dressed up in Star Wars Halloween costumes, with various toys taking the place of would-be actors. [129][130][131], Del Rey took over Star Wars book publishing in 1999, releasing what would become a 19-installment novel series called The New Jedi Order (1999–2003). According to Variety, with the announcement of this news director Patty Jenkins became the first-ever woman to direct a 'Star Wars' film. [59][74] However, after beginning work on the prequel trilogy, Lucas insisted that Star Wars was meant to be a six-part series and that there would be no sequel trilogy. 280 [214], The saga draws heavily from the hero's journey, an archetypical template developed by comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. [71] At various stages of development, the sequel trilogy was to focus on the rebuilding of the Republic,[72] the return of Luke in a role similar to that of Obi-Wan in the original trilogy,[69] Luke's sister (not yet determined to be Leia),[61] Han, Leia,[73] R2-D2 and C-3PO. 5. [238] Phrases like "evil empire" and "May the Force be with you" have become part of the popular lexicon. In 1977, the board game Star Wars: Escape from the Death Star was released. The first, The Mandalorian, premiered on November 12, 2019. Star Wars: A Solo Story director Ron Howard has confirmed there are no plans for a sequel, while he also cleared up some confusion about his potential involvement in The Phantom Menace. [160] He also composed Han Solo's theme for Solo: A Star Wars Story; John Powell adapted and composed the rest of the score. After penning the novelization of the original film, Foster followed it with the sequel Splinter of the Mind's Eye (1978). The original trilogy depicts the galaxy as dirty and grimy in, Lucas started by researching the inspiration behind. Star Wars in print predates the release of the first film, with the December 1976 novelization of Star Wars, initially subtitled "From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker". In the DVD commentary of the original Star Wars, Lucas says that Guinness was not happy with the script rewrite in which Obi-Wan is killed. [262], As the characters and the storyline of the original trilogy are so well known, educators have used the films in the classroom as a learning resource. "[221], Political science has been an important element of Star Wars since the franchise launched in 1977, focusing on a struggle between democracy and dictatorship. 3. 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Smith and Patricia Rose Duignan, Joe Layton, Jeff Starsh, Ken Welch, and Mitzie Welch, This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 07:56. J.J. Abrams. Read on to know. [151] Dark Horse subsequently launched dozens of series set after the original film trilogy, including Tales of the Jedi (1993–1998), X-wing Rogue Squadron (1995–1998), Star Wars: Republic (1998–2006), Star Wars Tales (1999–2005), Star Wars: Empire (2002–2006), and Knights of the Old Republic (2006–2010). [134] A massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Star Wars Galaxies, was in operation from 2003 until 2011. [235][236], On the inspiration for the First Order formed "from the ashes of the Empire", The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams spoke of conversations the writers had about how the Nazis could have escaped to Argentina after WWII and "started working together again. [78] The co-chairman of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, became president of the company and served as executive producer of new Star Wars feature films. Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a Rogue Squadron movie as the next big screen Star Wars adventure. [61] In 1980, Lucas confirmed that he had the nine-film series plotted,[62] but due to the stress of producing the original trilogy, he had decided to cancel further sequels by 1981. The trilogy begins 32 years before Episode IV and follows the Jedi training of Anakin Skywalker, Luke's father, and his eventual fall from grace and transformation into the Sith lord Darth Vader, as well as the corruption of the Galactic Republic and rise of the Empire led by Darth Sidious. Three series set in the prequel era were introduced for younger audiences: the 18-book Jedi Apprentice (1999–2002) chronicles the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master Qui-Gon Jinn in the years before The Phantom Menace; the 11-book Jedi Quest (2001–2004) follows Obi-Wan and his own apprentice, Anakin Skywalker in between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones; and the 10-book The Last of the Jedi (2005–2008), set almost immediately after Revenge of the Sith, features Obi-Wan and the last few surviving Jedi. ", "J.J. 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Now, after watching like the rest of us, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has shared his feelings on the new season and how impactful Star Wars has been to his career as a whole. [193] The Battlefront games received a canonical reboot in 2017. Illicit activities include smuggling and slavery. Existing works would no longer be considered canon to the franchise and subsequent reprints would be rebranded under the Star Wars Legends label,[110] with downloadable content for the massively multiplayer online game The Old Republic the only Legends material to still be produced. "[59][69] He announced this to Time in 1978,[70] and confirmed that he had outlined them in 1981. George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. Pez dispensers began to be produced in 1997. By 1987, the first three films have made US$2.6 billion in merchandising revenue. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ... Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age his family moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. Although Thrawn had been designated a Legends character in 2014, he was reintroduced into the canon in the 2016 third season of Rebels, with Zahn returning to write more novels based in the character, and set in the new canon. His first feature film, Brick (2005), was released in 2005 ... Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). Together with the theatrical live action spin-off films Rogue One (2016) and Solo (2018), the combined box office revenue of the films equates to over US$10 billion,[3] and it is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise of all time.[4]. Each card series are of film stills or original art. [187] Katarn is a former stormtrooper who joins the Rebellion and becomes a Jedi,[179][188][189] a plot arc similar to that of Finn in the sequel trilogy films. The second, Solo, centered on a young Han Solo with Chewbacca and Lando as supporting characters, was released on May 25, 2018, to generally favorable reviews and underperformance at the box office. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Filmmaker Patty Jenkins, who is awaiting the release of Wonder Woman 1984, is set to direct the next Star Wars movie, titled Rogue Squadron. The board game Risk has been adapted in two editions by Hasbro: The Clone Wars Edition (2005)[207] and the Original Trilogy Edition (2006). [201] Lego has produced animated parody short films and mini-series to promote their Star Wars sets. [252] Christopher Nolan cited Star Wars as an influence when making the 2010 blockbuster film Inception. Star Wars was released on May 25, 1977, and first subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope in the 1979 book The Art of Star Wars. [49][50] In September 2019, it was announced that Kathleen Kennedy and Kevin Feige would collaborate to develop a Star Wars film. [164][165], The first was written by science-fiction author Brian Daley and directed by John Madden. Platform games were made for the Nintendo Entertainment System, including the Japan-exclusive Star Wars (1987), an international Star Wars (1991), and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1992). Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released on May 19, 1999, and Episode II: Attack of the Clones on May 16, 2002. Fan fiction films set in the Star Wars universe were originally ineligible, but in 2007, Lucasfilm changed the submission standards to allow in-universe fiction entries. [149] The only downside for Marvel was that the 100,000 copy sales quota was surpassed quickly, allowing Lippincott to renegotiate the royalty arrangements from a position of strength. [195], A multimedia project involves works released across multiple types of media. Despite this, more anthology films are expected to be released,[85] following a hiatus after 2019's The Rise of Skywalker. While Jedi Knights can be numerous, the Dark Lords of the Sith (or 'Darths') are intended to be limited to two: a master and their apprentice.[11]. The Star Wars story has been presented in a series of American films, which have spawned a large quantity of books and other media, which have formed the Expanded Universe. Star Wars director and Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland revealed that she wants to stay away from fan theories for now. [144] From 1985 to 1987, the animated children's series Ewoks and Droids inspired comic series from Marvel's Star Comics line. Lucasfilm has a number of Star Wars movies in development, two of which were confirmed during Disney Investor Day 2020. Lucas, a fan of the NPR-affiliated campus radio station of his alma mater the University of Southern California, licensed the Star Wars radio rights to KUSC-FM for US$1. Patty Jenkins doesn't mind the pressure of being the first female director to take on a Star Wars movie. While most "base" or "common card" sets are plentiful, many "insert" or "chase cards" are very rare. Guinness said in a 1999 interview that it was actually his idea to kill off Obi-Wan, persuading Lucas … [196][197], The success of the Star Wars films led the franchise to become one of the most merchandised franchises in the world. The Original, "The 10 Greatest Motion Picture Trilogies of All Time", "Good Things Come In Threes: Great Movie Trilogies". Shadows of the Empire (1996) was a multimedia project set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi that included a novel by Steve Perry, a comic book series, a video game, and action figures. Lucasfilm maintained internal continuity between the films and television content and the EU material until April 25, 2014, when the company announced all of the EU works would cease production. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. Credited to Lucas, it was ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. He later turned to television, directing... Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Director | However, unlike Jesus, Anakin falls from grace, remaining evil as Darth Vader until Return of the Jedi. He subsequently directed the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, and the film Rogue One: A … He was a director and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Nowhere to Run (1993). Games made during this era are considered canonical, and feature more influence from the Star Wars filmmakers. 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