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‘Star Wars’: The Lean Years

‘Star Wars’ nearly faded away in the long drought between the original and prequel trilogies. Ben Lindbergh traces the franchise’s decline and resurgence.

The Lucasfilm Fan Club

With another new Star Wars movie in theaters and the franchise once again dominating the cultural conversation, Ben Lindbergh revisits the franchise’s forgotten lean years, when Star Wars nearly faded away in the long drought between the original and prequel trilogies. Through interviews with prominent figures from Lucasfilm and the fan community of the 1980s and 1990s, Ben retraces the decline and subsequent resurgence of Star Wars as the series fulfilled its destiny as the powerful intellectual property and source of fan fixation that it is today.