"The secret is not to give up hope. It's very hard not to because if you're really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side." — George Lucas
May the force be with you! “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters today —the latest entry in Disney's hit science fiction film franchise about a galaxy far, far away. Following the adventures of young Jedi Luke Skywalker, the first “Star Wars” film debuted in 1977 — and despite the endless “special editions”, the original release is the definitive version. George Lucas’ sci-fi series was instantly a bona-fide pop culture phenomenon, spawning sequels, video games, comic books, and every kind of merchandise in the galaxy. After finishing the original trilogy in 1983, Lucas returned to the franchise fifteen years later, sparking the childhood imagination of a new generation with a new series of films set chronologically before the original 1977 film. Lucas retired from filmmaking after finishing the prequel trilogy, eventually selling the rights to his brainchild to Disney in 2012, and ever since the “Star Wars” series has taken a fresh creative direction, telling new stories from a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.