In a 2012 interview, Star Wars creator George Lucas made it clear that he was not against religious events, but against the use of religion in the production of films. Following George Lucas' decision to sell the rights to Star Wars to Disney, many fans were skeptical of Disney's plans to take over the series from 20th Century Fox. The first film in the series was directed by the self-described "most nebulous Jewish" director, David Fincher, who is widely credited with reviving the franchise's popularity with the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 1977. It was the first film produced by a non-religious director and the only one of its kind to have taken over a franchise, and was an important factor in the success of both the original trilogy and subsequent films. After ten films and four decades, the Star Wars universe was finally ready for its first major reboot with the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." In the film, we see an aging Luke and Leia Skywalker fighting a battle against villain Kylo Ren. Last Jedi 'was received with mixed reviews, with many arguing it didn't feel like a traditional Star Wars movie. As a film souvenir, Lucas sought to strengthen the connection between the Star Wars experiences, which extend beyond the theater. Action figures set in a collection of empire fighting back underline the intermingling wars. When he started with the first Star Wars films, Lucas focused on product development and integrated it into film production and promotion. The epic space opera, written and directed by George Lucas, premiered in 1977 and became a cult classic almost immediately. Star Wars remains one of the most successful films of all time, and the franchise as it began remains the most successful film to have grossed over $2.5 billion since the release of that first film. The money it has earned over the years, however, is not the most impressive aspect of Star Wars, but rather its success as a film franchise. In 1977, George Lucas released a space opera called "A New Hope," which became one of the most important films ever made. The film is a remarkable piece of film production, and it has permeated popular culture in an unprecedented way and will do so for many years to come, not only in the Star Wars universe, but throughout the galaxy far, far away. " The Phantom Menace ", the first in a series of films about the life and death of Obi - Wan Kenobi. In 1999, it was estimated that the trilogy grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and all three films rank in the top ten box office takings. We celebrate the tenth anniversary of "The Phantom Threat" by examining how the saga is structured and how the time that produced the films dictated that structure, for better or for worse. I think that's why Lucas keeps rewriting the story of Obi - Wan Kenobi and his journey through the galaxy far, far away. I leave this memory with you so that you do not have to read to think about what you did not appreciate or to return to a time before 1977. The article I wanted to hang up last weekend was unfortunately waiting for this weekend, but I am back from a weekend off. Someone dipping their toes into the Star Wars media galaxy will probably wonder where to start. The timeline of this epic space opera franchise has been notoriously erratic since 1977, when the first film, "A New Hope," hit theaters. Although the release of the original trilogy may be a few years away from the theatrical release of Part 6, this sixth film marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of "Star Wars" as a whole. Chronologically, the first film was "The Phantom Menace," which hit theaters in 1999, but as far as we can tell from the hype that preceded the May 19, 1999 release, the power of the "Star Wars" franchise remains. Snyder and Jeffrey B. collected "Star Wars Toys" from Snyder and Jeffrey B at the Star Wars Toy Store in San Francisco from 1977 to 1997. A new hope has inspired millions of followers across generations, and the film has proved its worth. But the deliberately constructed relationship between the Star Wars franchise and its creators has been forgotten. The film we know today as Episode IV seems unthinkable: it was a film the studios didn't want. Since its redesign, Star Wars Day has gained so much popularity and is celebrated by fans worldwide. It seems that it has reached the same level of popularity in the last five years as the soon - future - Jedi warriors of the original trilogy. Disney has long been expected to declare May 4 a national holiday, but how we celebrate it will depend on how well we know this cultural phenomenon. But if you know anything about Disney, you'll know they've ensured the franchise never leaves the rest of us.