Star Wars is an American legendary space-opera media franchise created by George Lucas. The franchise began with the eponymous 1977 film and also swiftly ended up being a worldwide pop-culture sensation. The initial movie, later on subtitled Episode IV– A New Hope, was adhered to by the follows up Episode V– The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and also Episode VI– Return of the Jedi (1983 ), developing what is jointly referred to as the original trilogy. A prequel trilogy was later on released, containing Episode I– The Phantom Menace (1999 ), Episode II– Attack of the Clones (2002) and Episode III– Revenge of the Sith (2005 ). 10 years later, a follow up trilogy started with Episode VII– The Force Awakens (2015 ), proceeded with Episode VIII– The Last Jedi (2017 ), and will wrap up with Episode IX– The Surge of Skywalker (2019 ). The initial 8 films were nominated for Academy Awards (with success mosting likely to the initial two launched) and were commercially successful. Along with the theatrical anthology films Rogue One (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018 ), the mixed box office income of the films corresponds to over US$ 9 billion, and is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise.
The film collection was broadened right into other media, consisting of tv series, computer game, stories, comics, amusement park attractions as well as themed areas, resulting in an all-encompassing imaginary universe. In 2012, Lucas offered his firm to Disney, as well as in 2014, most existing spin-off media was made non-canon as well as rebranded as “Star Wars Legends”. The episodic ‘Skywalker legend’ and the TELEVISION series The Duplicate Wars (2008– 2014) define the canon, together with most various other jobs released after April 2014, though a few Legends-universe media are still launched, and some Legends personalities are sometimes reintroduced into the canon, for example the titular personality from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy of novels. The franchise business holds a Guinness Globe Records title for the “Many successful movie merchandising franchise business.” In 2018, the complete value of the Star Wars franchise business was estimated at US$ 65 billion, and also it is currently the fifth-highest-grossing media franchise of all-time.