How George Lucas Overcame Rejection and Made 'Star Wars' One of the Best Movie Franchises in History

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Over the past 40 years, Star Wars has become one of the top three most successful movie franchises in history and has been sewn into the very fabric of our popular culture. The first film in the franchise, entitled Star Wars, was released on May 25, 1977. In 1981, the film was subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope. Directed by George Lucas, the original trilogy generated a prequel trilogy and sequel trilogy. Star Wars quickly attained global notoriety, having been nominated for 29 Academy Awards, of which they won seven. The films were also awarded three Special Achievement Awards.

Although the Star Wars franchise brought much success to Lucasfilm, early development of the original motion picture for Lucas proved difficult. Lucas wrote a short space fantasy film summary, but was frustrated that his story was too difficult to understand. After finishing the film American Graffiti, he began writing a 13-page treatment called "The Star Wars" and expanded the treatment into a rough draft screenplay. Lucas’ screenplay was rejected by multiple Hollywood film studios, but he did not give up. In 1973, 20th Century Fox took a chance on Lucas’ out-of-the-box film idea and completed a deal to write and direct the film.

In 2012, The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion and earned the distribution rights to all subsequent Star Wars films, beginning with the release of The Force Awakens in 2015. To date, the Star Wars saga has produced nine live-action films with more in the works. The series has spawned an extensive media franchise including books, television series, video games and comic books, resulting in significant development of the series’ fictional universe.

Pictured below is part of the third draft of the 1975 manuscript of Star Wars: A New Hope. You may notice that the scene in the manuscript was changed in the final version of the film.

Part of the third draft of the 1975 manuscript of "Star Wars: A New Hope" from the Mercury One historical collection. Photo courtesy of Mercury One.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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