Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise conceived by George Lucas. The first film in the franchise was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released, again at three-year intervals,
with the final film released on May 19, 2005.
In 2012, the Star Wars franchise (as part of a deal involving the sale of Lucasfilm) was sold to Disney, which has promised new movies coming beginning in 2015.