Description: Cast, crew and experts detail the secret histories of the most iconic film and television series in Icons Unearthed. A look at the most famous galaxy far, far away and will spend six hours exploring the Star Wars films from Episode I to VI. The first hour of the series, which was what I previewed, looks to the origins of the franchise, the film that is now known as “A New Hope.”
Although the film turned out to be a financial blockbuster, Lucas was rejected by two studios before 20th Century Fox finally greenlit it. And even though Fox’s Alan Ladd, Jr. approved it, he had no idea what Lucas’ “space opera” was really about. The docu-series “Icons Unearthed: Star Wars” takes a deep dive into the franchise Lucas created. It boasts the first on-camera interview with Lucas’ ex-wife and film editor Marcia Lucas.
Icons Unearthed: Star Wars / S1 Episode 1
A New Hope: Part I Air Date: 07/12/22: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope changed the course of movie history. The production, however, was a tumultuous process that nearly killed the man who created it: George Lucas.
Icons Unearthed: Star Wars / S1 Episode 2
A New Hope: Part II Air Date: 07/19/22: After A New Hope’s difficult production, the all-important post-production and special effects loomed. A ragtag group of filmmakers gave the term “fix it in post” a new meaning.
Icons Unearthed: Star Wars / S1 Episode 3
The Empire Strikes Back Air Date: 07/26/22: Attempting to break away from the studio system, George Lucas risked it all by self-funding Empire Strikes Back. With Lucas focused on the business, a new director took the reins.
Icons Unearthed: Star Wars / S1 Episode 4
Return of the Jedi Air Date: 08/02/22: Star Wars had taken its toll on George Lucas. While his marriage, relationships, and physical health were breaking down, expectations were higher than ever for the series finale.
Icons Unearthed: Star Wars / S1 Episode 5
The Phantom Menace Air Date: 08/09/22: After more than a decade on ice, Star Wars returned with impossible expectations. Can this new Star Wars trilogy recreate the original magic without his partner Marcia at his side?
Icons Unearthed: Star Wars / S1 Episode 6
Attack of the Clones/Revenge of the Sith Air Date: 08/16/22: With The Phantom Menace leaving many fans cold, Lucas was at his lowest with two more films still to be made. Would he lose the dedication of his fervent fan base?