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"...when something like Star Wars becomes such an incredible phenomenon there's no way to explain it."
George Lucas[src]

Star Wars is a long-running science fiction and space opera franchise created by George Lucas. The franchise began in 1977 with the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and it continued with Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in 1980 and 1983, respectively. In 1999, the film saga continued with the first film in the prequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. 2002 saw the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005. In 2008, Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered on Cartoon Network and ran for five seasons. An entire Expanded Universe of books, comics, games, and more has also been released since 1978.

In 2012, it was announced that The Walt Disney Company had purchased Lucasfilm Ltd. and, with it, the rights to Star Wars. Along with that announcement came word that Disney would be producing a sequel trilogy, beginning with Star Wars Episode VII for a projected release in 2015. Disney also announced that it would be producing spinoff films, and there are a number of rumors as to what those films will focus on. There are a number of television projects that could also be part of the future of the franchise.

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