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Star Wars films
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by George Lucas
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Release date
1977–present
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetTotal (12 films):
$1.75–$1.815 billion
Box officeTotal (12 films):
$10.318 billion

The Star Wars franchise involves multiple live-action and animated films. The film series started with a trilogy set in medias res which was later expanded to a trilogy of trilogies, known as the "Skywalker Saga".

The 1977 self-titled film, later subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope, was followed by the sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), respectively subtitled onscreen as Episode V and Episode VI; these films form the original trilogy. Sixteen years later, the prequel trilogy was released, consisting of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). After creator George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney in 2012, a sequel trilogy consisting of Episodes VII through IX was released, consisting of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

Two anthology films were produced and released between the sequel trilogy films: Rogue One (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), both set before the original trilogy. Two films are being written with a hopeful new release in late 2023: one from Patty Jenkins titled Rogue Squadron and an untitled project from Taika Waititi. Other unspecified films are in early stages of development.

The combined box office revenue of the films equates to over US$10 billion, and it is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise. The major live-action releases (including all the films within the Skywalker Saga) were nominated for Academy Awards. The original film was nominated for most of the major categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Alec Guinness (who played Obi-Wan Kenobi), while all theatrical live-action films have been nominated for particular categories.

Several films were also released prior to Disney's 2012 acquisition of the franchise, but these spin-offs—except for the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)—are no longer considered canon in the Star Wars storyline. The first spin-off film produced was the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), released a year after the original film. In 1984 and 1985, two live-action films featuring the Ewok characters were televised in the United States. Several official television series continuing the Star Wars canon or inspired by it have also been released.

Skywalker Saga[edit]

The main Star Wars film series is a trilogy of trilogies; as it neared completion, it began to be referred to as the "Skywalker Saga" by Disney.[1][2] 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).[a] The first film released, Star Wars (1977), is the fourth film chronologically and was later subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope. The saga begins chronologically with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and concludes with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

The story follows each generation of the Force-sensitive Skywalker family and their struggle against the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious (Palpatine). The prequel trilogy focuses on Anakin Skywalker, his training as a Jedi, and eventual fall to the dark side as Darth Vader due to Palpatine's machinations and his fear of losing his wife Padmé Amidala. The original trilogy follows their children, Luke and Leia, as they join the Rebel Alliance and battle Vader, Palpatine and his Galactic Empire. The sequel trilogy features Kylo Ren (Ben Solo)—the son of Leia and Han Solo, nephew and former Jedi apprentice of Luke, and grandson of Padmé and Anakin—who fell to the dark side and seeks to rule the galaxy with Rey, the granddaughter of Palpatine and the last Jedi apprentice of Luke and Leia.

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. All nine films—most notably the original trilogy—have had retroactive changes made after their initial theatrical releases.

Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Refs
Original trilogy
Episode IV – A New Hope May 25, 1977 (1977-05-25) George Lucas Gary Kurtz [3][4]
Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back May 21, 1980 (1980-05-21) Irvin Kershner Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan George Lucas [5][6]
Episode VI – Return of the Jedi May 25, 1983 (1983-05-25) Richard Marquand Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas Howard Kazanjian [7][8]
Prequel trilogy
Episode I – The Phantom Menace May 19, 1999 (1999-05-19) George Lucas Rick McCallum [9]
Episode II – Attack of the Clones May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16) George Lucas George Lucas and Jonathan Hales George Lucas [10][11]
Episode III – Revenge of the Sith May 19, 2005 (2005-05-19) George Lucas [12][13]
Sequel trilogy
Episode VII – The Force Awakens December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18) J. J. Abrams J. J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk [7][14]
Episode VIII – The Last Jedi December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15) Rian Johnson Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman [15][16]
Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20) J. J. Abrams Chris Terrio & J. J. Abrams Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J. J. Abrams & Chris Terrio Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams and Michelle Rejwan [17][18]

Standalone films[edit]

As Lucas was outlining a trilogy of trilogies, he also imagined making additional movies unrelated to the Skywalker Saga.[19] 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.[20]

After the conclusion of his then six-episode saga in 2005, Lucas returned to spin-offs in the form of television series. An animated film, The Clone Wars (2008), was released as a pilot to a TV series of the same name. An anthology series set between the main episodes entered development in parallel to the production of the sequel trilogy,[21] described by Disney CFO Jay Rasulo as origin stories.[22] The first entry, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), tells the story of the rebels who steal the Death Star plans directly before Episode IV.[23][24] Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) focuses on Han's backstory, also featuring Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.

Animated film[edit]

Film Release date Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s) Refs
Star Wars: The Clone Wars August 15, 2008 (2008-08-15) Dave Filoni Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching and Scott Murphy Catherine Winder [25]

The Clone Wars (2008)[edit]

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."[26][27] It reveals that Anakin trained an apprentice between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith; the series explains Padawan Ahsoka Tano's absence from the latter film. The character was originally criticized by fans, but by the end of the series the character had become a fan favorite.[28][29] The film and series exist in the same level of canon as the episodic and anthology films.[30]

Anthology films[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Refs
Rogue One December 16, 2016 (2016-12-16) Gareth Edwards Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy John Knoll and Gary Whitta Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel [31]
Solo May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25) Ron Howard Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan [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.[21] In February 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger made public the development of a Kasdan film[33] and Entertainment Weekly reported that it would focus on Han Solo.[34] Disney CFO Jay Rasulo has described the standalone films as origin stories.[22] Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that there was "no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes."[35] The standalone films released so far are subtitled "A Star Wars Story".[23][36]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)[edit]

Felicity Jones, the lead of Rogue One, and John Knoll, who supervised the visual effects of the prequels and pitched the plot of Rogue One

Rogue One is set directly before Episode IV: A New Hope and focuses on the eponymous group of rebels who obtain the plans to the Death Star.[37] Its laser was developed by scientist Galen Erso (played by Mads Mikkelsen) after the Empire forcibly abducted him, separating him from his daughter Jyn. 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. Under the false promise of her father's liberation, Jyn agrees to help Rebel Alliance intelligence officer Cassian Andor and his droid K-2SO retrieve the message from Saw, now the paranoid leader of an extremist cell of rebels.

The idea for the movie came from John Knoll, the chief creative officer of Industrial Light & Magic.[38] 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.[39] The film's title was revealed to be Rogue One, with Chris Weitz rewriting the script, and Felicity Jones in the starring role.[40] Ben Mendelsohn and Diego Luna also play new characters,[41] with James Earl Jones returning to voice Darth Vader.[42] Edwards stated, "It comes down to a group of individuals who don't have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy."[43] The film was the first to feature characters introduced in animated Star Wars TV series, namely The Clone Wars' Saw Gerrera, portrayed by Forest Whitaker in the film. The movie received generally positive reviews, with its performances, action sequences, soundtrack, visual effects and darker tone being praised. The film grossed over US$500 million worldwide within a week of its release.[44]

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)[edit]

Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote Episodes VVII and Solo, and Alden Ehrenreich, who plays young Han Solo

Solo, the second anthology film, focuses on Han Solo about 10 years before A New Hope.[37] 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. Han "Solo" joins the Imperial Academy; however, he is expelled for his reckless behavior. Han and his newfound Wookiee friend Chewbacca resort to a criminal life, mentored by veteran smuggler Beckett. After angering gangster Dryden Vos, Han and his company's lives depend on pulling a heist for him. Without a ship to travel, they hire Lando Calrissian, the captain and owner of the Millennium Falcon.

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.[21] 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. Lucasfilm originally hired Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct, but they were fired during principal photography, and replaced by Ron Howard. 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.[45]

Future films[edit]

In mid-2018, Lucasfilm confirmed that multiple anthology films were in development,[46] with their release following a hiatus after 2019's The Rise of Skywalker.[47] Three films are scheduled for December 2023, 2025, and 2027.[48][b]

Kathleen Kennedy stated in May 2022 that "There's a couple of [filmmakers] that we've been in conversation with over quite a long period of time that I'm hoping will come in" to oversee future films in the same way that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have done for multiple Star Wars television series.[49] Kennedy stated that "We need to create a whole new saga"[50] and that the sequel trilogy era was likely to be expanded from.[51]

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Status Refs
Untitled Star Wars film Late 2023 Taika Waititi Taika Waititi and Krysty Wilson-Cairns Kathleen Kennedy Pre-production [52]
Rogue Squadron TBA Patty Jenkins Matthew Robinson In development [53]

Taika Waititi film (2023)[edit]

On May 4, 2020, Taika Waititi (who directed the first-season finale of The Mandalorian) was officially announced to direct a Star Wars film from a screenplay he was co-writing with Krysty Wilson-Cairns.[54] His film is expected to be released before Rogue Squadron,[55] which is still scheduled for December 2023.[49] Kathleen Kennedy stated in May 2022 that Waititi's film will be released in late 2023.[56] Waititi expressed solidarity with Kennedy's view that the films should move into new territory rather than be bogged down with origin stories.[57] In late June, Waititi said he was still working on the story and would continue writing through the end of 2022 while he films other projects.[58] The movie will reportedly be shot in Los Angeles.[59]

Rogue Squadron (TBA)[edit]

During Disney Investor Day 2020, Wonder Woman (2017) director Patty Jenkins was announced to direct a film titled Rogue Squadron, set to be released on December 22, 2023.[60][b][c] According to the official Star Wars website, the film 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."[61] According to Jenkins, the film will be an original story "with great influence from the games and the books".[62] A script was being worked on as of December 2020,[63] at which time, Wonder Woman 3's story was still being worked on.[64] Matthew Robinson was hired to write Rogue Squadron in May 2021;[65][66] late the next month, Jenkins revealed that the script was almost finished.[67] On November 8, the film's production was delayed from 2022 due to Jenkins' busy schedule.[68] A month later, Jenkins had left her planned Cleopatra film as director in order to focus on Rogue Squadron and Wonder Woman 3.[69] Disney announced in April 2022 that the film was still set to be released in December 2023.[70] Kathleen Kennedy stated in May that the film has been "pushed off to the side for the moment", with the script still being worked on and Waititi's film expected to be released first.[49]

Unspecified projects[edit]

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.[71][72] The project was considered on the "back-burner" by May 2022 due to Johnson's involvement with other projects.[55] 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.[73]

In April 2019, Kennedy was asked by MTV News about a potential Knights of the Old Republic film project and stated, "Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now, I have no idea where things might fall". The following month, BuzzFeed News reported that Laeta Kalogridis was writing the script for an adaptation of the 2003 video game, potentially as part of a trilogy.[74]

As of September 2019, Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Kevin Feige was reportedly developing a Star Wars film with Kennedy;[75] Michael Waldron was later announced to write the screenplay.[76][d] In May 2022, Waldron confirmed the project was moving forward and that it would more or less stand alone,[78] however in a separate interview the same month Kathleen Kennedy denied that the film was in active development.[55]

Sleight director J. D. Dillard and Luke Cage writer Matt Owens were reportedly involved in the early stages of developing a film in February 2020.[79]

Produced for television[edit]

The first spin-off film (also the first sequel to be released) was a holiday TV special aired in 1978. Two live-action TV films created in the mid-1980s feature the Ewoks.

Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)[edit]

Film Release date Director Screenwriter(s) Network
Star Wars Holiday Special November 17, 1978 Steve Binder Pat Proft, Leonard Ripps, Bruce Vilanch, Rod Warren and Mitzie Welch CBS

Produced for CBS in 1978, the Star Wars Holiday Special was a two-hour television special, in the format of a variety show. 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 special was aired only once and had a widely negative reception.[80] The 11-minute animated sequence, which features the debut of bounty hunter Boba Fett, was positively received.[81]

Ewok films[edit]

The Ewoks from Return of the Jedi were featured in two spin-off television films, The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. Both aired on ABC on the Thanksgiving weekends of 1984 and 1985, respectively,[82] with at least the first also being given a limited international theatrical release.[20] Warwick Davis reprised his debut role as the main Ewok, Wicket, in both.[83][84] They are set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.[85] Both films were released on VHS, LaserDisc, and on a double-feature DVD. 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. Following Disney's acquisition of the franchise, they were excluded from the canon.[86][20] The Battle for Endor would be the last live-action Star Wars television project produced by Lucasfilm until 2019's The Mandalorian.

Film Release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Network
The Ewok Adventure[e] November 25, 1984 John Korty Bob Carrau George Lucas ABC
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor November 24, 1985 Jim Wheat and Ken Wheat

The Ewok Adventure (1984)[edit]

In a story by Lucas and a screenplay by Bob Carrau, the Towani family spaceship shipwrecks on the forest moon of Endor. While trying to repair their ship, the castaway family is split, when a giant creature known as the Gorax kidnaps the parents. 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.[83][84] Among other stylistic choices making the film unique from the Star Wars episodes is the inclusion of a narrator.[87]

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)[edit]

The sequel focuses on the Ewoks protecting their village from marauders led by the evil Lord Terak, who killed all the members of the Towani family except for Cindel, in search of a power battery.[83]

Produced for Disney+[edit]

Biomes (2021)[edit]

A short depicting various biomes of the Star Wars universe debuted on Disney+ on May 4, 2021.[88]

A Droid Story[edit]

In December 2020, A Droid Story, an animated adventure film for Disney+ was announced. According to the official Star Wars Twitter, the "epic journey will introduce us to a new hero guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO."[89]

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

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.[90][91][92]

Film US release date Box office gross All-time ranking Budget Ref.
US and Canada Other territories Worldwide US and Canada Worldwide
Skywalker Saga
A New Hope May 25, 1977 $460,998,507 $195,751,992 $656,750,499 19 98 $11 million [93]
The Empire Strikes Back May 21, 1980 $292,753,960 $190,685,234 $483,439,194 98 182 $18 million [94]
Return of the Jedi May 25, 1983 $309,306,177 $122,009,457 $431,315,634 82 231 $32.5 million [95]
The Phantom Menace May 19, 1999 $474,544,677 $552,538,030 $1,027,082,707 18 42 $115 million [96]
Attack of the Clones May 16, 2002 $310,676,740 $343,103,230 $653,779,970 80 140 $115 million [97]
Revenge of the Sith May 19, 2005 $380,270,577 $488,119,983 $868,390,560 44 78 $113 million [98]
The Force Awakens December 18, 2015 $936,662,225 $1,132,859,475 $2,069,521,700 1 4 $245 million [99]
The Last Jedi December 15, 2017 $620,181,382 $712,517,448 $1,332,698,830 9 12 $317 million [100]
The Rise of Skywalker December 20, 2019 $515,202,542 $558,946,737 $1,074,149,279 14 32 $275 million [101]
Spin-off films
The Clone Wars August 15, 2008 $35,161,554 $33,121,290 $68,282,844 2,447 2,211 $8.5 million [102]
Rogue One December 16, 2016 $532,177,324 $523,880,396 $1,056,057,720 12 36 $200–265 million [103][104]
Solo May 25, 2018 $213,767,512 $179,157,295 $392,924,807 189 311 $300 million [105][106]
Total $5,081,703,177 $5,032,690,567 $10,113,931,249 2 2 $1.75-$1.815 billion [107][90]

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore[108]
Skywalker Saga
A New Hope 92% (133 reviews)[109] 90 (24 reviews)[110]
The Empire Strikes Back 94% (105 reviews)[111] 82 (25 reviews)[112]
Return of the Jedi 82% (97 reviews)[113] 58 (24 reviews)[114]
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 52% (234 reviews)[115] 51 (36 reviews)[116] A−
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 65% (252 reviews)[117] 54 (39 reviews)[118] A−
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 80% (301 reviews)[119] 68 (40 reviews)[120] A−
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 93% (446 reviews)[121] 80 (55 reviews)[122] A
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 91% (485 reviews)[123] 84 (56 reviews)[124] A
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 52% (516 reviews)[125] 53 (61 reviews)[126] B+
Spin-off films
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 18% (171 reviews)[127] 35 (30 reviews)[128] B−
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 84% (461 reviews)[129] 65 (51 reviews)[130] A
Solo: A Star Wars Story 69% (483 reviews)[131] 62 (54 reviews)[132] A−
Television films
Star Wars Holiday Special 27% (15 reviews)[133]
The Ewok Adventure 21% (14 reviews)[134]
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor 33% (3 reviews)[135]

Accolades[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

The eleven live-action films together have been nominated for 37 Academy Awards, of which they have won seven. The films were also awarded a total of three Special Achievement Awards. The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi received Special Achievement Awards for their visual effects,[136][137] and Star Wars received a Special Achievement Award for its alien, creature and robot voices.[138][139]

Film Best Picture Best Director Best Supporting Actor Best Original Screenplay Best Costume Design Best Film Editing Best Makeup Best Original Score Best Production Design Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing Best Visual Effects Ref.
Star Wars Nominated Nominated[i] Nominated Won category not yet introduced Won   Won Won [138]
The Empire Strikes Back        ineligible     Nominated   Special Achievement [136]
Return of the Jedi             Nominated [137]
The Phantom Menace                 Nominated [140]
Attack of the Clones                     [141]
Revenge of the Sith           Nominated           [142]
The Force Awakens         Nominated   Nominated   Nominated Nominated [143]
Rogue One                   [144]
The Last Jedi             Nominated   Nominated [145]
Solo                     Nominated [146]
The Rise of Skywalker             Nominated   Nominated   Nominated [147]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The franchise has received a total of fifteen Grammy Award nominations, winning six.[148]

Film Album of the Year Best Pop Instrumental
Performance
Best Score Soundtrack
for Visual Media
Best Instrumental
Composition
Ref.
Star Wars Nominated Won Won Won[ii] [149]
The Empire Strikes Back   Nominated[iii] Won Won[iv] [149]
Return of the Jedi     Nominated   [149]
The Phantom Menace     Nominated   [149]
Revenge of the Sith     Nominated Nominated[v] [149]
The Force Awakens     Won   [149]
Solo       Nominated [150]
The Last Jedi     Nominated   [151]
The Rise of Skywalker     Nominated   [152]
Notes
  1. ^ Alec Guinness for his performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  2. ^ For "Star Wars – Main Title"
  3. ^ For "Yoda's Theme"
  4. ^ For The Empire Strikes Back. Also nominated for "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) and "Yoda's Theme".
  5. ^ For "Anakin's Betrayal"

Library of Congress[edit]

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."[153] The Empire Strikes Back was selected in 2010.[154][155] 35mm reels of the 1997 Special Editions were the versions initially presented for preservation because of the difficulty of transferring from the original prints,[156][157] but it was later revealed that the Library possessed a copyright deposit print of the original theatrical releases. By 2015, Star Wars had been transferred to a 2K scan which can be viewed by appointment.[158]

Emmy Awards[edit]

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.[159] The film was additionally nominated for Outstanding Children's Program but lost in this category to an episode of American Playhouse.[160]

At the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor and the CBS documentary Dinosaur! were both juried-awarded Emmys for Outstanding Special Visual Effects.[161] The film additionally received two nominations for Outstanding Children's Program and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Special.[162][163]

Unproduced films[edit]

In early 2013, Bob Iger announced the development of a spin-off film written by Simon Kinberg,[164] reported by Entertainment Weekly to focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett during the original trilogy.[165] In mid-2014, Josh Trank was officially announced as the director of an undisclosed spin-off film,[166] but had left the project a year later due to creative differences,[167] causing a teaser for the film to be scrapped from Star Wars Celebration.[168] By October 2018, the Fett film[f] was reportedly no longer in production, with the studio instead focusing on The Mandalorian, which utilizes a similar character.[170]

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.[171] Stephen Daldry was reportedly in early negotiations to co-write and direct the Obi-Wan movie.[172] At D23 Expo in August 2019, a streaming series about the character was announced to be produced instead.[173]

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.[174] In 2018, critics noted that Solo was intentionally left open for sequels.[175][176] Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke confirmed that their contracts to play Han Solo and Q'ira extended for additional films, if required.[177][178]

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,[179] which were first announced to be in development in February 2018.[180] However, citing their commitment to a Netflix deal, the duo stepped away from the project in October 2019. Kennedy stated her openness to their returning when their schedules allow.[181][179]

See also[edit]

Documentaries[edit]

Parodies[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The first two trilogies were released on three year intervals, the sequel trilogy films two years apart.
  2. ^ a b The release dates of three films were pushed back a year from 2022, 2024, and 2026 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[48]
  3. ^ The film will be the first in the franchise to be directed by a woman.[60]
  4. ^ When asked if his film would be a "solo" outing, Feige specified that his film would neither be about nor include the character Han Solo.[77]
  5. ^ Retitled Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure for its theatrical and later releases
  6. ^ Reported to have also featured the other bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back[169]

References[edit]

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