Anakin Skywalker #50

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Anakin Skywalker #50

Star Wars was one of those magnificent films that was an instant phenomenon when it hit the box office and remains a success today. Why Why not take a moment to follow the intriguing history of Star Wars.

After a successful career in the 1970s with box office success in American Graffiti and in 1975 George Lucas writes a basic story about Anakin Skywalker's rise, fall and redemption. The story is so long that it has to be split in 2 trilogies.

The first trilogy focuses on Anakin Skywalker's young life, while the second focuses on the life of Anakin's son Luke Skywalker. Since the second trilogy is the most interesting, Lucas decides to film first.

It offers the film from Universal Studios who had financed his American Graffiti film, but chose by passing a movie thinking it was ridiculous. They live in spite of this decision which could cost millions of dollars in lost earnings. But not alone in regrets, like all Hollywood studios passed on the film. That is, except for 20th Century Fox, which came with $ 10 million to Lucas to make his first film Star Wars a reality.

In May 1977, Fox released Episode 4 of Star Wars, A New Hope. The tone was quickly set. The film was immediately seen as the biggest adventure ever on film. The special effects were considered magnificent and outstanding. In fact, nothing had come remotely close to the big screen before.

On the opening day, the Star Wars movie ran in only 32 theaters but still produced an amazing $ 254,309 in sales entries. At the end of his first race had become the most successful film in American history grossing more than $ 290 million.

Lucas reports received $ 50 million of those profits. When Lucas cut his deal with Fox was more interested in controlling the film then in their percentage. He wanted all rights to the final cut and all rights to future sequels, the rights of Star Wars merchandise, and 40% of gross revenues. This agreement last instance, Lucas became a millionaire.

In 1978 Lucas had purchased over 1800 acres Bulltail Rancho San Rafael and soon production of the sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, was underway. Lucas was financing out of pocket and had a budget of $ 18 million, however due to excesses in the budget the cost of the actual filming of more than $ 30 million. In May 1980, The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters grossing $ 222 million, which is the film the highest-grossing year.

In May 1983, The Return of the Jedi, hit the theaters grossing $ 265 million in North America and Lucas decides to withdraw from Star Wars project to pursue some of his other interests. He made a vague promise to do if one day the trilogy special effects ever become advanced enough.

That day came in 1994 when Lucas announces that it will start work in the trilogy with a release tentatively scheduled for 1998. In 1996 Lucas signs the business largest ever in the industry with PepsiCo for movie tie ins, and later in the year it announced that pre-production has started, and May 1999, titled Episode 1, The Phantom Menace was released, followed by Episode 2 titled, Attack of the Clones.

Many believe that 100 years of Star Wars yet have many followers. In fact, by then may have grown to epidemic proportions.

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