Both aired on ABC on the Thanksgiving weekends of 1984 and 1985, respectively,[65] with at least the first also being given a limited international theatrical release. Along with the original film, its sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1983) are considered some of the best movies of all time. Galen secretly sends a defecting Imperial pilot, Bodhi Rook, to deliver a message warning of the weapon's existence and revealing its weakness to his rebel friend Saw Gerrera. Sequel trilogy Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) Star Wars: Episode IX (2019)----- 2. [60][b], On September 25, 2019, it was announced that Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Kevin Feige was developing a Star Wars film with Kathleen Kennedy. ... A Star Wars Story. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. As most fans know, the first movie was simply called Star Wars, which is what the Italian translation here would be for the title.The change to be renamed A New Hope happened in 1981 when the movie was re-released to theaters, along with the add on of Episode IV. [57], In mid-2018, Lucasfilm confirmed that multiple anthology films were in development,[58] with their release following a hiatus after 2019's The Rise of Skywalker. Preceding the airing of the animated TV series in late 2008, the theatrical feature Star Wars: The Clone Wars was compiled from episodes "almost [as] an afterthought. Storyline. For more details on the reception of each film, see the "Reception" section on each film's article. Taking pity on the kids, a group of native Ewoks led by Wicket decides to help little Cindel Towani and her older brother Mace, rescue their parents. The main Star Wars film series is a trilogy of trilogies; as it neared completion, it was … The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side. An anthology series set between the main episodes entered development in parallel to the production of the sequel trilogy,[23] described by Disney CFO Jay Rasulo as origin stories. [55][56] The trilogy will differ from the Skywalker-focused films in favor of focusing on new characters and possibly a different era than the main film franchise. [1] In between the sequel films, two anthology films were released, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), both set between the prequel and original trilogies. ", "Star Wars Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm", "What The Game Of Thrones Showrunners' Star Wars Trilogy Was Reportedly About", "A New "Star Wars" Movie Based On "Knights Of The Old Republic" Is In The Works", "The Next 'Star Wars' Movie Is Reportedly Set In The 'High Republic' Era — Here's What That Means", From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga, Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker,, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Pages using multiple image with auto scaled images, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 6 January 2021, at 09:45. In 1984 and 1985, two live-action films featuring the Ewoks were televised in the United States and released theatrically in Europe. The first two trilogies were released on three year intervals, the sequel trilogy films two years apart. [23] The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca (after serving as a double for the character in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi), Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra, and Woody Harrelson as Beckett. [30][31] The film and series exist in the same level of canon as the episodic and anthology films. [158] Lucasfilm swiftly denied the rumors as "inaccurate", confirming that multiple unannounced films were in development. "[71], The Star Wars films are the second-highest-grossing film franchise of all time worldwide, behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having grossed over $10 billion at the global box office. Soon, she’ll be the first woman to direct a “Star Wars” film, too. [66][67] They are set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. [149] Stephen Daldry was reportedly in early negotiations to co-write and direct the Obi-Wan movie. Rich Pelley. Attack of the Clones (2002) Ten years after defeating Darth Maul (Ray Park) to avenge the slain Qui … Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) 1.3. [134], Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure was one of four films to be juried-awarded Emmys for Outstanding Special Visual Effects at the 37th Primetime Emmy Awards. Most Star Wars fans have a pretty clear opinion on which films in the series are the best, but in case there's any argument, we've put together a guide ranking the Star Wars movies … [69][22] The Battle for Endor would be the last live-action Star Wars television project produced by Lucasfilm until 2019's The Mandalorian. [138][139], In early 2013, Bob Iger announced the development of a spin-off film written by Simon Kinberg,[140] reported by Entertainment Weekly to focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett during the original trilogy. After Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, a sequel trilogy began with Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), continued with Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and concluded with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019). [162] In January 2020, a film set in the era of The High Republic was rumored to be in development.[163]. With the planet-destroying power of the Death Star, the Empire looks to cement its grip on the galaxy. The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi received Special Achievement Awards for their visual effects,[115][116] and Star Wars received a Special Achievement Award for its alien, creature and robot voices. Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, a new threat has risen in the form of the First Order and the villainous Kylo Ren. An animated film, The Clone Wars (2008), was released as a pilot to a TV series of the same name. [41] In May 2014, Lucasfilm announced Gareth Edwards as the director of an anthology film, with Gary Whitta writing the first draft for a release on December 16, 2016. [51] According to Jenkins, the film will be "something original with great influence from the games and the books. 10 Comments. The next Star Wars film… Disney announced its upcoming movie slate on Tuesday, stretching out through 2027 and revealing the dates for the next three Star Wars movies. "[38] The standalone films released so far are subtitled "A Star Wars Story".[25][39]. [3] All the major theatrical live-action films were nominated for Academy Awards. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. The prequel trilogy focuses on Anakin Skywalker, his training as a Jedi, and eventual fall to the dark side as Darth Vader. As Lucas was outlining a trilogy of trilogies, he also imagined making additional movies unrelated to the Skywalker saga. "Star Wars" fans have even more reason to celebrate this May 4, unofficially known as "Star Wars Day." Star Wars is more than just the movies--if you want to get all caught up before Episode IX, better start now! The official site for Star Wars, featuring the latest on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian, as well as Star Wars series, video games, books, and more. Meanwhile, farm boy Luke Skywalker rises to face his destiny. Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with… According to the official Star Wars Twitter, the "epic journey will introduce us to a new hero guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO. And the … [68] Both films were released on VHS, Laser Disc, and on a double-feature DVD. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. Animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) [137] The film additionally received two nominations for Outstanding Children's Program and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Special. The saga will end, the story lives forever. 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Movies Ranked By Tomatometer. After a millennia, an ancient evil returns seeking revenge. [150] At D23 Expo in August 2019, it was announced that a streaming series about the character would be produced instead. [b] The film will be the first film in the franchise directed by a woman,[49] and according to, "will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy. [40] After an escape attempt from his Imperial-occupied home planet of Corellia goes wrong, a young Han vows to return to rescue his girlfriend Qi'ra. [130][131] 35mm reels of the 1997 Special Editions were the versions initially presented for preservation because of the difficulty of transferring from the original prints,[132][133] but it was later revealed that the Library possessed a copyright deposit print of the original theatrical releases. The first spin-off film (also the first sequel to be released) was a holiday TV special aired in 1978. [4][1] It was released beginning with the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V and VI, 1977–1983), followed by the prequel trilogy (Episodes I, II and III, 1999–2005) and the sequel trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII and IX, 2015–2019). [37] Disney CFO Jay Rasulo has described the standalone films as origin stories. [117][118], The franchise has received a total of fifteen Grammy Award nominations, winning six. [48], During Disney Investor Day 2020, it was announced that Patty Jenkins would direct and write a film titled Rogue Squadron, set to be released on December 22, 2023. "A New Hope" (1977) The one that started it all. [32], Before selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, and parallel to his development of a sequel trilogy, George Lucas and original trilogy co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan started development on a standalone film about a young Han Solo. [66][67] Among other stylistic choices making the film unique from the Star Wars episodes is the inclusion of a narrator. It's the end of New Hollywood, a throwback to the 1930s… Although based on story ideas from Lucas, they do not bear Star Wars in their titles, and were considered to exist in a lower level of canon than the episodic films. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) [58], Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss were to write and produce a trilogy of Star Wars films scheduled to be released in December 2022, 2024, and 2026,[159] which were first announced to be in development in February 2018. Han and his newfound Wookiee friend Chewbacca resort to a criminal life, mentored by veteran smuggler Beckett. The sequel trilogy features Kylo Ren—the son of Leia and Han Solo, nephew of Luke, and grandson of Anakin—who seeks to rule the galaxy with Rey, the last Jedi apprentice of Luke and Leia. 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"[129] The Empire Strikes Back was selected in 2010. [23] In February 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger made public the development of a Kasdan film[36] and Entertainment Weekly reported that it would focus on Han Solo. The saga begins with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and concludes with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) 5. Han "Solo" joins the Imperial Academy; however, he is expelled for his reckless behavior. [a] The first film released, Star Wars (1977), is the fourth film chronologically and was later subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope. [148], In August 2017, it was rumored that films focused on Jabba the Hutt, and Jedi Masters Obi-Wan and Yoda were being considered or were in development. [155][156], An unannounced film centered around the Mos Eisley Spaceport was reportedly put on hold or cancelled in mid-2018,[157][158] leading to rumors of the cancellation or postponement of the anthology series. Star Wars. Two live-action TV films created in the mid-1980s feature the Ewoks. 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'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi' (1983) Let's just put this out there now: Ewoks aren’t that bad. … Star Wars; Visions will be "a series of animated short films celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators," according to the synopses. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) 4. A twist ending acknowledges one of the major story arcs of The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, while leaving the story open ended for sequels. [25][26] Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) focuses on Han's backstory, also featuring Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. Solo, the second anthology film, focuses on Han Solo about 10 years before A New Hope. Each episodic film begins with an opening crawl, accompanied by the main Star Wars theme by John Williams, who composes the scores for each film. [145][146] By October, the Fett film[d] was reportedly no longer in production, with the studio instead focusing on The Mandalorian, which utilizes a similar character design. After angering gangster Dryden Vos, Han and his company's lives depend on pulling a heist for him. The Star Wars universe has expanded a huge amount over the years and has come a long, long way since the release of the first George Lucas film back in 1977. The story follows each generation of the Force-sensitive Skywalker family and their struggle against the evil Sith lord Palpatine (Darth Sidious). Emilia Clarke says she signed up for multiple Star Wars films", "Rumor: Mos Eisley Spaceport film postponed, Obi-Wan and Fett live? Many Star Wars gamers have been itching for something set in the Old Republic. The original eponymous film, later subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope, was followed by the sequels Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), forming what is collectively referred to as the original trilogy. The idea for the movie came from John Knoll, the chief creative officer of Industrial Light & Magic. Before selling Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas had hired Star Wars original trilogy veteran Lawrence Kasdan to write a film about a young Han Solo. The character was originally criticized by fans, but by the end of the series the character had become a fan favorite. The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars film to make it to theatres. Years later, a prequel trilogy was released, consisting of Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). [160] However, citing their commitment to a Netflix deal, the duo stepped away from the project in October 2019. [141] In mid-2014, Josh Trank was officially announced as the director of an undisclosed spin-off film,[142] but had left the project a year later due to creative differences,[143] causing a teaser for the film to be scrapped from Star Wars Celebration. Last modified on … Stars of the original film and archive footage from the original Star Wars film appeared alongside celebrity guest stars in plot-related skits, musical numbers, and an animated segment, all loosely tied together by the premise of Chewbacca's family waiting for his arrival for the "Life Day" celebration on his home planet, Kashyyyk. The first six films — most notably the original trilogy — have had retroactive changes made after their initial theatrical releases. After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy. [151], Felicity Jones, who played Jyn Erso in Rogue One, has the option of another Star Wars film in her contract; notwithstanding her character's fate in Rogue One, it has been speculated that she could return in other anthology films. The films were also awarded a total of three Special Achievement Awards. ", "Star Wars: Message Boards: Books, Comics, & Television VIPs", "Are the Ewok Movies As Bad As You Remember? [135] The film was additionally nominated for Outstanding Children's Program but lost in this category to an episode of American Playhouse. [21] The first theatrical films set outside the main episodic series were the Ewok spin-off films Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985), the first of which was screened internationally after being produced for television.[22]. Johnson’s… The original trilogy was released between 1977 and 1983, the prequel trilogy between 1999 and 2005, and a sequel trilogy between 2015 and 2019. Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay gives the original film's paper-thin characters a Shakespearean depth ("I am your father, Luke! [62] On May 4, it was officially announced that Taika Waititi (who directed the first-season finale of The Mandalorian) will direct a Star Wars film from a screenplay he is co-writing with Krysty Wilson-Cairns.[63]. "To Benjamin Burtt, Jr. for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices featured in "Star Wars. Please upgrade your browser to experience the site. Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn discovers Anakin Skywalker: a young slave boy unusually strong with the Force. Several Star Wars television series have also been released. [40] Its laser was developed by scientist Galen Erso (played by Mads Mikkelsen) after the Empire forcibly abducted him, separating him from his daughter Jyn. Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi is both the boldest and most controversial entry in the Disney era of Star Wars. [72], The eleven live-action films together have been nominated for 37 Academy Awards, of which they have won seven. "[52], Rian Johnson, the writer/director of The Last Jedi, is confirmed to write and direct the first film of a new trilogy he was outlining as of early 2019[53][54] and will start working on possibly after completing another film. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Rey has found the legendary Luke Skywalker, hoping to be trained in the ways of the Force. "Knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together," Alan Horn, … The original trilogy follows his children, Luke and Leia, as they join the Rebel Alliance and battle Vader and the Galactic Empire. [136], At the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor and the CBS documentary Dinosaur! [126], In 1989, the Library of Congress selected the original Star Wars film for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry, as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.