Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. The franchise has expanded beyond just movies and into various forms of media, including TV shows, books, comics, and video games. With so many ways to consume the Star Wars universe, it can be confusing to determine whether it is primarily a movie or TV show franchise.
Origins of Star Wars
The first Star Wars movie, titled “Star Wars” (later retitled “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”), was released in 1977. It was directed by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Ltd.
The film was a massive success and spawned two sequels, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. These three films are collectively known as the Original Trilogy.
After a long hiatus, Lucas returned to the franchise with a prequel trilogy consisting of “The Phantom Menace”, “Attack of the Clones”, and “Revenge of the Sith”. These films were released between 1999 and 2005.
The Disney Era
In 2012, Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for $4 billion. This led to an expansion of the Star Wars universe with new movies and TV shows being developed under Disney’s ownership.
The first movie released under Disney’s ownership was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015. It was followed by two more movies in the sequel trilogy, “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker”. These three films are collectively known as the Sequel Trilogy.
- The Clone Wars: Originally released as a movie in 2008, “The Clone Wars” was later turned into a TV show that ran for six seasons. It takes place between the events of “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith”.
- Rebels: “Star Wars Rebels” is an animated TV show that takes place between the events of “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope”.
It ran for four seasons.
- The Mandalorian: This live-action TV show debuted on Disney+ in 2019. It follows a lone bounty hunter in the aftermath of “Return of the Jedi”.
- The Bad Batch: This animated TV show focuses on a group of clone troopers who were first introduced in “The Clone Wars”. It premiered on Disney+ in 2021.
In conclusion, while Star Wars began as a movie franchise, it has expanded into various forms of media, including TV shows. With Disney’s ownership, there has been an increased focus on developing TV shows set within the Star Wars universe. While there are more movies planned for the future, it is clear that Star Wars will continue to expand its reach beyond just movies.