Now that the trailer for the latest Star Wars installment has been released, anticipation for the next film has reached a fever pitch among die hard fans and casual viewers alike. Fan theories are already being formulated about the trailer and the 40th anniversary of the original film will be celebrated this year.
Let’s commemorate the occasion by taking a closer look at some little known facts about this well known film franchise. Did you know that the point of view for the first Star Wars film was actually inspired by legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa? Or that Daniel Grand (none other than James Bond himself) made a cameo in the latest installment?
The famous green light saber that we all became familiar with during the Return of the Jedi? If not for the fact that George Lucas did not want to confuse audiences who remembered Luke’s lost light saber from the first installment, the light saber would have actually been blue instead.
When George Lucas decided that it was time to finally make Star Wars, he was so enthralled with 2001: A Space Odyssey that he hired Stanley Kubrick’s whole production crew. He also found a way to incorporate several of his family members into the films.
Star Wars may be a license to print money now, but it was not always this way. The movie was originally only supposed to play in 40 theaters during its initial theatrical run and was the definition of a surprise hit once it eventually caught on with audiences everywhere.
If you are anything like us, this story only made you more excited to check out the newest Star Wars installment. Please take a moment to pass this story along to all of your friends and family members…so that they can also become one with the Force!