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Why Sixteen Years Ago, It Was Sixteen Years Ago (In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...)

By Louis Trapani - Posted on 25 May 2015

This is what happens when I piss off his soldiers. #ICON30 #StarWars

As I write this, it is May 25th, the real Star Wars Day. Long before any celebration took place on an arbitrary date that simply sounds like the word “Force”, fans of Star Wars celebrated the movies on the 25th of May as it is the anniversary of the release of the first movie in 1977 now titled, Episode IV: A New Hope. May 25th is also the anniversary of the release of the third movie, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi which had been released 32 years ago in 1983. What does this all mean and what is this all “16 years" all about? Well, 16 years is the amount of time we Star Wars fans had to wait and endure after the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983 for the next big screen adventure. It seemed like a lifetime back then. George Lucas had concluded the story with Return of the Jedi, putting to rest any notion of any following films after Return of Jedi, but there would always be the first three prequels, Episodes I-III which may be made at some undetermined date in the future. Lucas wanted to go off and explore other projects outside of the Star Wars universe after Jedi which was understandable for him. Though eventually he would return to a galaxy far, far away…

Taken 30 years ago today. #StarWars #ROTJ

After 16 long years, new Star Wars movies were hitting the big screen (not counting the special edition re-releases of the first three movies) in form of Episode I: The Phantom Menace on May 19, 1999. Now do you want to feel old? That was 16 years ago from now! Yes, another 16 years have passed since we went through that 16 years drought of Star Wars movies. Something to think about as you celebrate Star Wars today or during this special week.

Coincidentally later this year, Disney who now owns the property will be releasing a new movie and continuing the story which had already concluded itself

Real Star Wars Day

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