Mustangs still appreciate 40-year-old “Star Wars”

Jonathan Barker – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The “Star Wars” franchise has been gracing movie screens and pushing people’s imagination for decades, this year marking the 40 year anniversary of the first film, ‘Star Wars: a New Hope’.

In 1977 ‘Star Wars’ unprecedentedly burst onto the scene as the must-see movie of the year, pushing the boundaries of what can and cannot be done with special effects and setting the standard of the summer blockbuster by earning a staggering $460 million domestic ($1.5 billion adjusted for inflation) according to BoxOfficeMojo.

Being the all-time domestic earner at the time, “Star Wars” began merchandising all of its main characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia and Darth Vader as toys for children, revolutionizing movie merchandise forever.

The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, signed a deal with Pepsico products worth roughly $2 billion over merchandising rights for the prequel trilogy. The combined gross revenue for all three films was less than the $2 billion spent on the rights to make the merchandise.

LRHS senior Arline Arreola couldn’t imagine a world without Star Wars.

“I have remembered and loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember.”

No other franchise has the same notoriety or reach that Star Wars possesses. The lightsaber, the look and voice of Darth Vader, the famous line “may the force be with you” among countless other things have seemed to become part of society and culture for all ages.

And with 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and 2016’s “Star Wars: Rouge One” each grossing over $1 billion and “Star Wars: the Last Jedi” scheduled for release on December 15, 2017, the popularity of the space opera may never die.

“May the Fourth Be With You”

Devon Duran and Nick Maxham – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “May the Fourth be with You.”  Star Wars Day 2017 is here and many LRHS students and teachers are very excited.

TV production teacher and sci-fi lover Bryon Stedmen treats the day as especially significant.

“I actually didn’t get to see the first release of the Star Wars series, because my father said I was too young,” he said. “So I absolutely wasn’t going to miss the second movie. Star Wars movies are a great series, which changed cinema industry forever and made a lasting impression.”

Senior Ty White said, “I’m not a sci-fi movie lover, but I really enjoy those movies. I watched them growing up and always liked them.”

Senior Mac Caron said, “I absolutely love the Star Wars movies. Particularly the older ones. I always see the new releases of them. It’s such an exciting series which I grew up watching and took it with me as I got older. As I kid I always would get the toys of Han Solo, and even got a movie-grade light saber for Christmas. I’ll probably watch the very first Star Wars movies on Star Wars day.”

Junior Adam Scott said, “May fourth is always a fun day. Every year I pick one of the movies to watch and sit down with a couple of friends and relive the memories of watching them as a kid.”

Senior Zack Edmonds said, “I think that everyone should see the Star Wars series, their great movies for kids.”