A Future Creator Star Wars

A Future Creator Star Wars

Future Creator Star Wars

The original film (Star Wars), retroactively subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), was followed by the sequels Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), forming the original Star Wars trilogy. Lucas later returned to filmmaking to direct a prequel trilogy, consisting of Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). In 2012, Lucas sold his production company to Disney, relinquishing his ownership of the franchise. This led to a sequel trilogy, consisting of Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017), and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).


The Star Wars saga has inspired many fans to create their own non-canon material set in the Star Wars galaxy. In recent years, this has ranged from writing fan fiction to creating fan films. In 2002, Lucasfilm sponsored the first annual Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, officially recognizing filmmakers and the genre. Because of concerns over potential copyright and trademark issues, however, the contest was initially open only to parodies, mockumentaries, and documentaries. Fan fiction films set in the Star Wars universe were originally ineligible, but in 2007, Lucasfilm changed the submission standards to allow in-universe fiction entries.

The Rise of Skywalker was the last film released, in 2019. It chronicled the fall of the series' overarching villain, Emperor Palpatine, wrapping its main Skywalker saga with no member of the Skywalker bloodline still alive by the end. Now, Lucasfilm is in the midst of a four-year hiatus from Star Wars movies. The franchise returns in December 2023 with Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron, a fighter pilot film set to "move the saga into the future era of the galaxy." Plot details are under wraps, though the "future era" description could suggest it's set after The Rise of Skywalker, rather than continuing the franchise's trend of making prequels. But Rogue Squadron is said to revolve around a "new generation" of pilots, and it's notably not billed as a 10th episode. In fact, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has said Star Wars will move beyond its familiar three-film structure, so it's possible this could be more of a one-off featuring all new characters and not necessarily the start of a new main trilogy. But this is by no means the only film in development. (Source: theweek.com)


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