How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Taylor, Chris.
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .S695 T39 2014
Publication Date: 2014
In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a space-fantasy epic. Some 40 years and $37 billion later, "Star Wars"-related products outnumber human beings, a growing stormtrooper army spans the globe, and “Jediism” has become a religion in its own right. Lucas’ creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. In this book, journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Providing portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas’ idea into a legend, the text explains how a young filmmaker’s fragile dream beat out a surprising number of rivals to build a diehard, multi-generational fan base.