42 years ago today, George Lucas and @20thcenturyfox
(later retconned as 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope'). Prior to this, Lucas had only directed two features films; the art-house sci-fi 'THX 1138', and the comedy/drama 'American Graffiti'. For the record, in the remainder of this write-up, I'll be eschewing the episode titles because they just take up space.
Despite taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the film was more of a fantasy/western than a science fiction movie, being deeply rooted in the 'Flash Gordon' serials of the 30s and 40s.
As we all know, the movie would quickly become an international phenomenon and would spawn the sequels 'The Empire Strikes Back' in 1980 (my favourite of the entire franchise to date) and 'Return of the Jedi' in 1983. There were also innumerable spin-offs including novels, video games (@eastarwars
), comics, animated shows and the abysmal 'The Star Wars Holiday Special'. Years later, Lucas would return to the world with the prequel @starwarsmovies
trilogy telling the story of the fall of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of Darth Vader with 'The Phantom Menace' in 1999, 'Attack of the Clones' in 2002, and 'Revenge of the Sith' in 2005.
In 2012, Lucas sold @lucasfilm
for $4.05 billion in cash and stock. Since then, the mouse house has delivered 'The Force Awakens', 'The Last Jedi', 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', and 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', with 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' (directed by @jjabramsofficial
) to be released this December, which is said to close out the "Skywalker Saga". The force will be with you. Always. 💫#courtshake #starwars #anewhope #georgelucas #starwarsanewhope #episodeiv #skywalker #markhamill #lukeskywalker #darthvader #jamesearljones #obiwankenobi #benkenobi #princessleia #ripcarriefisher #carriefisher #hansolo #milleniumfalcon #harrisonford #chewbacca #rippetermayhew #c3po #r2d2 #lucasfilm #maytheforcebewithyou #inagalaxyfarfaraway #thesearentthedroidsyourelookingfor #butiwasgoingintotoschestationtopickupsomepowerconverters