Updated: October 15, 2021
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Star Wars is a multi-genre mythology and multimedia franchise created by George Lucas in 1976.
Comprising movies, novels, comics, video games, toys, and numerous television series, the
Star Wars franchise employs archetypal motifs common to religions, classical mythology, and
political climax, as well as musical motifs of those same aspects.
As one of the foremost examples of the space opera subgenre of science fiction, Star Wars has
become part of mainstream popular culture, as well as being one of the highest-grossing series
of all time.
In 2012, The Walt Disney Company bought the rights to the franchise from George Lucas for 4.05
billion dollars. Since then, Disney has split off Star Wars into two main categories, those
being Star Wars Legends and Star Wars Canon, with Canon being the "official" story of the
Despite the mainline story of the franchise, officially known as the Skywalker Saga, reaching
its conclusion in 2019 with the release of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the
franchise is still going strong, mainly due to the success of the Disney+ original television
series The Mandalorian, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and publishing projects
such as Star Wars: The High Republic.
"George Lucas has achieved what few artists do; he has created and populated a world of his own.
His 'Star Wars' movies are among the most influential, both technically and commercially, ever
The Star Wars story has been presented in a series of American films, which have spawned a large
quantity of books and other media, which have formed the Expanded Universe. The Star Wars mythos
is also the basis of many toys and games of varying types. The films and novels employ common
Whereas Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, a science fantasy franchise that has enjoyed long-lasting
popularity in American popular culture, and often combines magical/supernatural elements with a
rational and progressive approach to storytelling, Star Wars has a strong mythic quality alongside
its political and scientific elements.
Unlike the heroes of earlier space-set sci-fi/fantasy film and TV series such as Flash Gordon, the
heroes of Star Wars are not militaristic types but romantic individualists. College literature
professors have remarked that the Star Wars saga, with its struggle between good and evil, democracy
and empire, can be considered a national epic for the United States. The film has many visual and
narrative similarities to John Ford's The Searches, which also provides a clue to the relationship
between Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker.
George Lucas attributed the strong appeal of Star Wars to it being a mythology that takes from
thousand-year-old psychological motifs and underpinnings of humanity. Particularly, Lucas saw
children as the prime audience for such stories. The Star Wars films show considerable similarity to
Japanese Jidaigeki films, as well as Roman mythology. Lucas has stated that his intention was to
create in Star Wars a modern mythology, based on the studies of his friend and mentor Joseph Campbell.
He has also called the first movie's similarity to the film The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa) an
The Star Wars films portray a world full of grime and technology that looks like it has been used for
years, unlike the sleek, futuristic world typical of earlier science-fiction films. In interviews, Lucas
tells of rubbing the new props with dirt to make them look weatherworn. Lucas may have been inspired by
the Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western films of the 1960s, which performed a similar function on the Western
many years earlier. It is tempting to speculate that this break from traditional science-fiction film
influenced the cyberpunk genre that emerged around 1984.
Licensed Star Wars novels have been published since the original movie was released in 1977. Although
these novels are licensed by Lucas (meaning he shares in the royalties), he retains ultimate creative
control over the Star Wars universe, forcing Lucas Licensing to devote considerable ongoing effort to
ensuring continuity between different authors' works and Lucas' films. Occasionally, elements from
these novels are adopted into the highest tier of Star Wars canon, the movies. Books, games, and
stories that are not directly derived from the nine movies of Star Wars are known as the Extended or
Expanded Universe (EU for short). Lucas has said that he does not deeply involve himself in the EU,
choosing instead to concentrate mainly on his movies instead of the licensing world of the books,
games and comic books.
The original (1977) Star Wars (A New Hope) and the first sequel, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), have
been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
In 1978, Lucas sued the creators of Battlestar Galactica for its similarity to Star Wars. The case was
dismissed as having no merit in 1980 by a U.S. Federal judge.
The mainline story of Star Wars, known as the The Skywalker Saga, ended in 2019 with the release of
Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. However, the Star Wars franchise itself has not ended, and
is continuing to move on past the story of the original saga with shows like The Mandalorian and the
upcoming project known as the Star Wars: The High Republic.