The History of the Star Wars Films
Star Wars was one of those beautiful movies that appeared for a moment when it hit the box and is still a hit. Why not take a moment to follow Star Wars’s intrigue history.
After a successful run in the early 1970s with the box, American Graffiti hit; In 1975, George Lucas wrote a basic story about Anakin Skywalkers’ rise, fall and redemption. The story is so long that it has to be divided into 2 trilogies.
The first trilogy focuses on Anakin Skywalkers’ young life while the second focuses on the life of Anakins son Luke Skywalker. Since the second trilogy is the most interesting, Lucas decides to film it first.
He presents the film to Universal Studios, who financed his American Graffiti movie, but they decided to assume that it was a ridiculous movie. They would live to regret this decision which would cost millions of dollars in lost profits. But they will not be alone in that regret, because every Hollywood studio has passed the movie. It’s except for the 20th Century Fox that came for $ 10 million for Lucas to make his first Star Wars movie a reality.
In May 1977 Fox Episode 4 released from Star Wars, a new hope. The tone is quickly set. The film was immediately seen as the biggest adventure ever on film. The special effects are considered wonderful and outstanding. In fact, nothing close was ever made on the big screen.
On the opening day, the Star Wars movie only ran into 32 cinemas, but it still sold an incredible $ 254,309 in ticket sales. By the end of his first run, it was the most successful film ever in North American history, which amounted to more than $ 290 million.
Lucas has allegedly received $ 50 million of these profits. When Lucas cut his deal with Fox, he was more interested in controlling the film when he was in his percentage. He wanted all rights to the final cut and all rights to future prosecutions, Star Wars trade rights and 40% of gross. This agreement eventually made Lucas a billionaire.
By 1978 Lucas bought the more than 1800 hectares of Bulltail Ranch in San Rafael and soon the production of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, was underway. Lucas finances it from his own pocket and has a budget of $ 18 million; But as a result of the overrun of the budget, the actual filming cost more than $ 30 million. In May of 1980, The Empire Strike Back hit theaters to $ 222 million. This makes it the highest gross movie of the year.
In May 1983, Jedi Retour hit theaters with $ 265 million in North America and Lucas decided to retire from Star Wars projects to pursue other interests. He made a vague promise to make the Prequel Trilogy one day if special effects ever become advanced enough.
The day arrived in 1994 when Lucas announced he would start working on the Prequel trilogy with a preliminary version scheduled for 1998. In 1996, Lucas signs PepsiCo’s biggest deal for the movies, and later in the year he announced that pre-production began and in May 1999 Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, was released. , followed by Episode 2 entitled The Attack of the Clones.
Many people believe that 100 years of Star Wars will still have a next. In fact, it may have grown to epidemic proportions.