STAR Movies has tied up with George Lucas’ famed Lucas Films. The STAR-Lucas deal will find the premier movie channel swinging the rights to the entire bank of the Star Wars trilogy. Though the full sweep of the Lucas armoury to which STAR Movies has picked up rights is still to emerge, The Phantom Menace, which swept theatres globally, is likely to loom on the small screen soon.
Even when Titanic shook audiences and the box offices worldwide in 1999, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace had reportedly run a close second as far as gate receipts went. Lucas had after all revived haunting memories of the seventies.
Lucas memorable films from the late seventies include Star Wars to begin with, More American Graffiti, The Empire Strikes Back, Body Heat, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Radioland Murders. Which all culminated in the smashing Phantom Menace.
Significantly, the Lucas arrangement comes less than one year after STAR Movies added to its arsenal, in June 2000, by stitching up movie acquisitions from another Hollywood major: the Spielberg-led Dreamworks SKG.
Ever since, Dreamworks titles like Amistaad, Peacemaker, Ants, Deep Impact, Forces of Nature and the Prince of Egypt have featured on Star Movies.
With Lucas Films now under its belt, the Star Movies’ battery of Hollywood tie-ups currently encompasses 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney (embracing Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax), MGM, United Artists, Dreamworks SKG and Polygram Film International.