On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining independent science-fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theaters. Conceived, written, and directed by a little-known filmmaker named George Lucas, the movie originally called The Star Wars quickly drew blocks-long lines, bursting box-office records and ushering in a new way for movies to be made, marketed, and merchandised. It is now one of the most adored-and successful-movie franchises of all time.
Now, the author of the bestselling biography Jim Henson delivers a long-awaited, revelatory look into the life and times of the man who created Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Indiana Jones.
If Star Wars wasn't game-changing enough, Lucas went on to create another blockbuster series with Indiana Jones, and he completely transformed the world of special effects and the way movies sound. His innovation and ambition forged Pixar and Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and THX sound.
Lucas's colleagues and competitors offer tantalizing glimpses into his life. His entire career has been stimulated by innovators including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, actors such as Harrison Ford, and the very technologies that enabled the creation of his films-and allowed him to keep tinkering with them long after their original releases. Like his unforgettable characters and stories, his influence is unmatched.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Out of Control March 1976 3
Part I Hope 1944-1973
1 Scrawny Little Devil 1944-1962 9
2 Geeks and Nerds 1962-1966 38
3 The Right Horse 1967 68
4 Radicals and Hippies 1967-1971 86
5 American Graffiti 1971-1973 127
Part II Empire 1973-1983
6 Bleeding on the Page 1973-1976 167
7 "I Have a Bad Feeling About This" 1976-1977 215
8 Striking Back 1977-1979 246
9 Darkening Skies 1979-1983 278
Part III Return 1983-2016
10 Empty Flash 1983-1994 325
11 A Digital Universe 1994-1999 382
12 Cynical Optimism 1999-2005 408
13 Letting Go 2005-2016 436
Select Bibliography 527