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Lucasfilm Ltd.
Type Private
Founded 1971
Headquarters Letterman Digital Arts Center
Presidio of San Francisco, California, United States
Key people George Lucas
(Co-chairman and CEO)
Kathleen Kennedy[1]
Industry Film
Products Motion pictures

Lucasfilm Limited is an American film production company founded by George Lucas in 1971, based in San Francisco, California. Lucas is the company's current co-chairman and CEO, with his intended successor Kathleen Kennedy currently acting as co-chair.[2][3]

The company is best known for producing the Star Wars films, and has also produced other box office hits, including the Indiana Jones franchise and American Graffiti. It has also been a leader in developing new film technology in special effects, sound, and computer animation, and because of their expertise its subsidiaries often help produce non-Lucasfilm pictures. Lucasfilm is set to move away from films and more into TV, due to rising budgets.[4]

On July 8, 2005, Lucasfilm's marketing, online, and licensing units moved into the new Letterman Digital Arts Center located in the Presidio in San Francisco. It shares the complex with Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts.

Lucasfilm has collaborated with the Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Imagineering numerous times to create rides and attractions centered on Star Wars and Indiana Jones for various Walt Disney Parks and Resort attractions worldwide.

Lucasfilm had planned an expansion at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA, but shelved the plan due to opposition from neighbors. Lucasfilms plans to expand elsewhere.[5]

Related companies


  • Industrial Light & Magic - visual effects
  • Skywalker Sound - post-production sound design
  • LucasArts - video and computer games
  • Lucas Licensing - licensing and merchandising
    • Lucas Learning - educational materials
  • Lucas Books - book publishing
  • Lucasfilm Animation - animation
    • Lucasfilm Animation Singapore - animation
  • Lucas Marketing - marketing
  • Lucas Online - websites

Former subsidiaries

  • THX Ltd. - theater sound system (spun off in 2001)
  • Pixar Animation Studios - computer animation film production company (sold to Steve Jobs in 1986, and is now a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company).
  • Kerner Optical - Practical effects division (model shop) and 3D development team (spun off from ILM in 2006)


Film Year Director Distributor Tomatometer Gross
American Graffiti 1973 George Lucas Universal Studios 97% $115,000,000
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 George Lucas 20th Century Fox 94% $775,398,007
More American Graffiti 1979 Bill L. Norton Universal Studios 22% $15,014,674
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner 20th Century Fox 97% $538,375,067
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures 94% $384,140,454
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand 20th Century Fox 79% $475,106,177
Twice Upon a Time 1983 John Korty & Charles Swenson Warner Bros. N/A N/A
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures 85% $333,107,271
Latino 1985 Haskell Wexler Cinecom N/A N/A
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 Paul Schrader Warner Bros. 95% $502,758
Labyrinth 1986 Jim Henson TriStar Pictures 62% $12,729,917
Howard the Duck 1986 Willard Huyck Universal Studios 16% $37,962,774
Willow 1988 Ron Howard Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 46% $57,269,863
Tucker: The Man and His Dream 1988 Francis Ford Coppola Paramount Pictures 86% $19,652,638
The Land Before Time 1988 Don Bluth Universal Studios/Amblin Entertainment 73% $48,092,846
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures 89% $474,171,806
Radioland Murders 1994 Mel Smith Universal Studios 19% $1,316,865
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 1999 George Lucas 20th Century Fox 57% $924,317,558
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2002 George Lucas 20th Century Fox 67% $649,398,328
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 George Lucas 20th Century Fox 80% $848,754,768
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures 77% $786,636,033
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 Dave Filoni Warner Bros. Pictures 19% $68,282,844
Red Tails 2012 Anthony Hemingway 20th Century Fox 36% $48,832,821

Cancelled films

  • Ewoks III (Late 1980s)[6]
  • The Curse of Monkey Island (2000)[7]

In development

  • Untitled CGI Animated Musical Project

Status unknown

  • Indiana Jones 5
  • Willow 2[8]

Television series

  • Star Wars: Droids (1985-1986)
  • Star Wars: Ewoks (1985-1987)
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1996)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-present)
  • Star Wars Detours (2012-present)
  • Star Wars live-action TV series (TBA)

Television films and specials

  • The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) (uncredited)
  • Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984)
  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
  • The Great Heep (1986)

Other productions

  • The Making of Star Wars (1977) (produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television)
  • SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television)
  • From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (1983) (produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television)
  • Return of the Ewok (1982)
  • Captain EO (1986)
  • Star Tours (1987)
  • R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001)
  • Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) (produced by Prometheus Entertainment in association with Fox Television Studios)
  • Lego Star Wars shorts:
    • Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick (2005)
    • Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 (2009)
    • Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty (2010)
    • Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)
  • Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed (2007) (produced by Prometheus Entertainment in association with The History Channel)
  • Lego Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick (2008)
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (2011)

See also

  • EditDroid


  1. Lucasfilm Names Kathleen Kennedy Co-Chair As Successor To George Lucas. Deadline. Retrieved on 2 June 2012.
  2. "Kathleen Kennedy to become Co-Chair of Lucasfilm Ltd.",, June 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  3. Richard Verrier and Ben Fritz, "Kathleen Kennedy to helm Lucasfilm as George Lucas phases out", Los Angeles Times, June 02, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  4. Cohen, David S., Lucas tilts at studio tentpoles, Variety, 2006-10-04. URL accessed on 2006-10-04.
  6. According to an interview with Warwick Davis, a second sequel to Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure was at least in the planning stages around the late 1980s, but the project has been shown to have never come through. The plot of the film, if one was ever developed, was never published.
  7. Staff (September 2009). "Tails from Monkey Island". Retro Gamer (70): 2835.
  8. Shawn Adler, Warwick Davis Enthusiastic About Possibility For Willow 2, MTV News, 2008-06-13. URL accessed on 2012-06-23.

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