Star Wars has been around for quite some time now, and it has quite the long screen time when combining all the movies all together. This string of movies has inspired everything from Star Wars Stickers, Star Wars Toys, Star Wars Video games, pretty much everything you can think of.
George Lucas was the person behind creating the original film series. We will start with the first one which came out “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”.
The now famous franchise began in 1977 with the first movie, Star Wars, which was later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope, in 1981.
After it became a huge hit in box offices, the second movie called The Empire Strikes back came out in 1980 and then Return of the Jedi in 1983.
These three films were for a long time the only three Star Wars movies.
In 1999 the franchise was you can rebooted, with a prequel trilogy. This series of movies was taken place before the three original movies. Episode I which was the phantom menace, Episode II: Attack of the clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
From 1999 to 2005, Star Wars was a hit again, and again it faded to black with no major screen releases.
However again in 2015 the series was once again rebooted. Two movies were released in 2015 and in 2016. Episode VII: The force awakens is set in the time after the original three movies, and Rogue One was released in 2016. Rogue one was a stand alone movie that explained some things that led up to the events in the original three.
Two more movies are set to release in 2017 and in 2019. The Last Jedi is to come out December 15, 2017 and Episode IX is set to release December 20, 2019. Check out the Last Jedi trailer below.
The film series has been such a hit with all audiences and has gone on to other media franchises, like television shoes, computer and video games and books.
The amount of Star Wars Merchandise is beyond out of this world as well, as companies make pretty much anything Star Wars now a days.
Star Wars now holds a guiness record for most successful film merchandising. This means they make a lot of money outside of just their movies!
To top that off, Disney bought Lucasfilms for $4.06 Billion and now holds the distribution rights to all Star Wars films. Disney is responsible for the new releases that came out in 2015.