[168], In 1983, Buena Vista Records released an original, 30-minute Star Wars audio drama titled Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell, written by Daley. The 1977 installments were the first original Star Wars stories not directly adapted from the films to appear in print form, as they preceded those of the Star Wars comic series. [177] The Rogue Squadron series was released between 1998 and 2003, also focusing on space battles set during the films. Star Wars games have gone through three significant development eras, marked by a change in leadership among the developers: the early licensed games, those developed after the creation of LucasArts, and those created after the closure of the Lucasfilm division by Disney and the transfer of the license to Electronic Arts. [215] A defining step of the journey is "Atonement with the Father". [250] The commercial success of Star Wars created a boom in state-of-the-art special effects in the late 1970s. [120] In The Courtship of Princess Leia (1994) by Dave Wolverton, set immediately before the Thrawn trilogy, Leia considers an advantageous political marriage to Prince Isolder of the planet Hapes, but she and Han ultimately marry. [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). [163], Radio adaptations of the films were also produced. The superhero sequel is now out in (some) cinemas, and she was announced last week as the first female director of a big-screen Star Wars movie: Rogue Squadron. [212] Each character—primarily Anakin, Luke, and Rey—follows the steps of the cycle or undergoes its reversal, becoming the villain. Richard Marquand. [208] Three Star Wars tabletop role-playing games have been developed: a version by West End Games in the 1980s and 1990s, one by Wizards of the Coast in the 2000s, and one by Fantasy Flight Games in the 2010s. [145][146][147] According to Marvel comics former Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter, the strong sales of Star Wars comics saved Marvel financially in 1977 and 1978. Super Star Wars (1992) was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, with two sequels over the next two years. Irvin Kershner. Star Wars Trading Cards have been published since the first "blue" series, by Topps, in 1977. Gareth Edwards. Because of concerns over potential copyright and trademark issues, however, the contest was initially open only to parodies, mockumentaries, and documentaries. Within three weeks of the film's release, the studio's stock price doubled to a record high. For the original 1977 film, see, The original trilogy's main cast includes (from left to right), The prequel trilogy's main cast includes (from left to right), The sequel trilogy's main cast includes (from left to right), LucasArts and modern self-published games (1993–2014), Most existing spin-off media was made non-canon and rebranded as '. The Original, "The 10 Greatest Motion Picture Trilogies of All Time", "Good Things Come In Threes: Great Movie Trilogies". The first officially licensed electronic Star Wars game was Kenner's 1979 table-top Star Wars Electronic Battle Command. The Star Wars film series centers around three sets of trilogies, which are collectively referred to as the "Skywalker saga". [45][46] Solo (2018) focuses on Han Solo's backstory, also featuring original trilogy co-protagonists Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian and involving prequel trilogy villain Darth Maul. In 1977, the board game Star Wars: Escape from the Death Star was released. From 1976 to 2014, the term Expanded Universe (EU) was an umbrella term for all officially licensed Star Wars storytelling material set outside the events depicted within the theatrical films, including novels, comics, and video games. The original trilogy depicts the galaxy as dirty and grimy in, Lucas started by researching the inspiration behind. According to Variety, with the announcement of this news director Patty Jenkins became the first-ever woman to direct a 'Star Wars' film. 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. [155] Launched in 2015, the first three publications were titled Star Wars, Darth Vader, and the limited series Princess Leia. 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". [77] In October of that year, the Walt Disney Company agreed to buy Lucasfilm and announced that Episode VII would be released in 2015. The final film in the trilogy, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was released on May 25, 1983. [224][225] Originally, Lucas conceived of the Sith as a group that served the Emperor in the same way that the Schutzstaffel served Adolf Hitler; this was condensed into one character in the form of Vader. In his comment (made in the prequel trilogy era) Lucas attributed this to Nixon's supposed intention to defy the, Lucas, George (2004). 3. [53][g] After directing American Graffiti (1973), he wrote a two-page synopsis, which 20th Century Fox decided to invest in. [254], The original Star Wars trilogy is widely considered one of the best film trilogies in history. [199], Kenner made the first Star Wars action figures to coincide with the release of the original film, and today the original figures are highly valuable. [121][122] Steve Perry's Shadows of the Empire (1996), set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, was part of a multimedia campaign that included a comic book series and video game. We also want the chance to scrutinize and pick apart any director Lucasfilm announces to be heading to a galaxy far, far away. 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. During an interview for the upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984, Pascal was asked about the final episode of The Mandalorian Season 2. The following eras were defined in January 2021:[12], The Expanded Universe of spin-off media depicts different levels of continuity, which were deemed non-canonical and rebranded as Legends on April 25, 2014, to make most subsequent works align to the episodic films, The Clone Wars film, and television series.[2]. Lucasfilm and Kennedy have stated that the standalone films would be referred to as the Star Wars anthology series[45] (though the word anthology has not been used in any of the titles, instead carrying the promotional "A Star Wars Story" subtitle). Writer | Star Wars. [79] Lucas provided Kennedy his story treatments for the sequels during the 2012 sale,[80] but in 2015 it was revealed Lucas's sequel outline had been discarded. Each film was released two days later in the U.S. Not to be confused with the board game with the same name published in 1990, In his early drafts, Lucas used the plot point of a dictator staying in power with the support of the military. An immersive themed area called Galaxy's Edge (2019) opened at Disneyland and opened at Walt Disney World in mid-2019. His father was a stationery store ... 2. [167] Billy Dee Williams joined the other two stars, reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. [123][124] The novel introduced the crime lord Prince Xizor, another popular character who would appear in multiple other works. [248], The original Star Wars film was a huge success for 20th Century Fox, and was credited for reinvigorating the company. [169] Return of the Jedi was adapted into 6-episodes in 1996, featuring Daniels.[164][169]. In 1993, LucasArts released Star Wars: X-Wing, the first self-published Star Wars video game and the first space flight simulator based on the franchise. There are also many references to Christianity, such as in the appearance of Darth Maul, whose design draws heavily from traditional depictions of the devil. [68], Prior to releasing the original film, and made possible by its success, Lucas planned "three trilogies of nine films. Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released on May 19, 1999, and Episode II: Attack of the Clones on May 16, 2002. "[65] In 1992, he acknowledged that he had plans to create the prequel trilogy. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Disney subsequently announced the Star Wars sequel trilogy. 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. 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. Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tom Kane, pictured here in 2008, voiced Ackbar in The Last Jedi and other works of Star Wars media. In addition to the Disneyland ride Star Tours (1987) and its successor, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (2011), many live attractions have been held at Disney parks, including the travelling exhibition Where Science Meets Imagination, the Space Mountain spin-off Hyperspace Mountain, a walkthrough Launch Bay, and the night-time A Galactic Spectacular. The original trilogy depicts the heroic development of Luke Skywalker, the prequels tell the backstory of his father Anakin, while the sequels star Luke's nephew, Kylo Ren. 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). [113][114], Timothy Zahn's bestselling Thrawn trilogy (1991–1993) reignited interest in the franchise and introduced the popular characters Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, and Gilad Pellaeon. [48] Additionally, a trilogy independent from the Skywalker saga is being written by The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. [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. [67] The first two movies were met with mixed reviews, with the third being received somewhat more positively. Including both the main episodic movies and the anthology movies. Most later printed novels were adapted into audio novels, usually released on cassette tape and re-released on CD. [160] He also composed Han Solo's theme for Solo: A Star Wars Story; John Powell adapted and composed the rest of the score. [111] The first "Expanded Universe" story appeared in Marvel Comics' Star Wars #7 in January 1978 (the first six issues being an adaptation of the film), followed by Foster's sequel novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye the following month. The video is shown in the special. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Movie Is Happening with Wonder Woman Director Patty Jenkins. December 14, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser. While most "base" or "common card" sets are plentiful, many "insert" or "chase cards" are very rare. [159], John Williams composed the soundtracks for the nine episodic films; he has stated that he will retire from the franchise with The Rise of Skywalker. 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. Read on to know. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.Howard ... Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Jedi: Fallen Order was released in November 2019 and Star Wars: Squadrons was released in October 2020. [49][50] In September 2019, it was announced that Kathleen Kennedy and Kevin Feige would collaborate to develop a Star Wars film. The Star Wars saga that started in 1977 is about to complete its story with J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December, and fans want to know what is the next chapter in a new Star Wars trilogy. [230], Palpatine being a chancellor before becoming the Emperor in the prequel trilogy alludes to Hitler's role before appointing himself Führer. Follow Obi Wan as he reflects on his past & prepares for his return from exile, in this epic 1 minute short", "Star Wars Roll Out, An Adorable New Series of Animated Shorts, Bounces to the Screen - Exclusive", "A 'Mandalorian' Movie? Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released on December 16, 2015, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi on December 13, 2017, and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker on December 18, 2019, in many countries. The franchise has been expanded into various films and other media, including television series, video games, novels, comic books, theme park attractions, and themed areas, comprising an all-encompassing fictional universe. Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins is taking a trip from Themyscira to a certain galaxy far, far away. [195], A multimedia project involves works released across multiple types of media. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. 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[200] Star Wars was the first intellectual property to be licensed in Lego history. [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). After Disney bought Lucasfilm, LucasArts ceased its role as a developer in 2013, although it still operates as a licensor.[190]. Illicit activities include smuggling and slavery. The Star Wars saga has had a significant impact on popular culture,[237] with references to its fictional universe deeply embedded in everyday life. [78] The co-chairman of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, became president of the company and served as executive producer of new Star Wars feature films. Guinness said in a 1999 interview that it was actually his idea to kill off Obi-Wan, persuading Lucas … The Star Wars franchise depicts the adventures of characters "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away",[5] in which humans and many species of aliens (often humanoid) co-exist with robots, or 'droids', who may assist them in their daily routines; space travel between planets is common due to lightspeed hyperspace technology. [123][124] The Force Unleashed (2008–2010) was a similar project set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope that included a novel, a 2008 video game and its 2010 sequel, a graphic novel, a role-playing game supplement, and toys. The first will be a film titled Rogue Squadron, which is being directed by Patty Jenkins, and is scheduled for release on December 25, 2023. We see the director's kids dressed up in Star Wars Halloween costumes, with various toys taking the place of would-be actors. "[255][256] In an opposing view, Tom Shone wrote that through Star Wars and Jaws, Lucas and Spielberg "didn't betray cinema at all: they plugged it back into the grid, returning the medium to its roots as a carnival sideshow, a magic act, one big special effect", which was "a kind of rebirth". Patty Jenkins doesn't mind the pressure of being the first female director to take on a Star Wars movie. The subsequently produced sequel trilogy consists of Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017), and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). [179][178][180][181] The game was well received,[182][183][184] and it was followed by four sequels. [171][172] In 1982, Parker Brothers published the first Star Wars video game for the Atari 2600, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,[173] followed soon the year later by Star Wars: Jedi Arena, the first video game to depict lightsaber combat. [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 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]. It was Bauersfeld's final role before his death in April 2016. It was broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, adapting the original 1977 film into 13 episodes. The prequels feature a relatively sleek and new design aesthetic in comparison to the original trilogy. [238] Phrases like "evil empire" and "May the Force be with you" have become part of the popular lexicon. [213] Kylo uses the fact that Rey is an orphan to tempt her into joining the dark side. As of 2019, audio-only novels have been released not directly based on printed media. 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. In 2012, Lucas sold his production company to Disney, relinquishing his ownership of the franchise. After penning the novelization of the original film, Foster followed it with the sequel Splinter of the Mind's Eye (1978). [249], Star Wars fundamentally changed the aesthetics and narratives of Hollywood films, switching the focus of Hollywood-made films from deep, meaningful stories based on dramatic conflict, themes and irony to sprawling special-effects-laden blockbusters, as well as changing the Hollywood film industry in fundamental ways. By 1987, the first three films have made US$2.6 billion in merchandising revenue. The novelizations of The Empire Strikes Back (1980) by Donald F. 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