Star Wars: Episode IV was a nightmare behind the scenes. In the years since the movie's massive success, there have been plenty of Star Wars production stories that show just what kind of miracle George Lucas, his crew, and the film's actors pulled off to bring audiences the movie of the century in 1977.
If you're curious about why Star Wars almost never happened, look no further than the Empire of Dreams making-of documentary, which details Lucas's quest to make the Original Trilogy. The early days, from writing the first film to actually shooting it, were especially rough, both on the cast and the crew. Even Lucas became ill while filming A New Hope.
The film went over budget, suffered several delays, was a bore in its first cut, and missed its original release date. Somehow, we still have the immense pleasure of enjoying this film today. Discover all of the insane reasons why Star Wars almost never happened, and be even more thankful it did.
The Movie Was Rejected By Almost Every Studio
George Lucas Originally Wanted To Make A Flash Gordon Movie
The Original Draft Of The Script Wasn't Very GoodPhoto: Dark Horse
It Went Over Budget
Shooting In Tunisia Was Very Difficult
ILM Fell Behind Schedule On Models And Effects