11 episodes

From the creators of Inside Psycho, Inside the Exorcist, and Inside Jaws, comes a new immersive audio biopic about the making of the original 1977 Star Wars. It was a movie made on a shoestring and dumped into a handful of movie theaters. And then it changed the world. This is the story of George Lucas and his dream. We take you inside the stories of the people who struggled to make the original classic and the people who did their very best to stop it dead. Now playing in all galaxies.

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From the creators of Inside Psycho, Inside the Exorcist, and Inside Jaws, comes a new immersive audio biopic about the making of the original 1977 Star Wars. It was a movie made on a shoestring and dumped into a handful of movie theaters. And then it changed the world. This is the story of George Lucas and his dream. We take you inside the stories of the people who struggled to make the original classic and the people who did their very best to stop it dead. Now playing in all galaxies.

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    • 5 min
    BONUS: Talking Star Wars with George Lucas Biographer Brian Jay Jones | 8

    BONUS: Talking Star Wars with George Lucas Biographer Brian Jay Jones | 8

    In this special BONUS episode, INSIDE STAR WARS creator and host Mark Ramsey interviews Brian Jay Jones, the author of the recent best-selling biography “George Lucas: A Life.” We talk about our shared love of the original film and how the franchise shaped our youths. We discuss what it’s like to chase down the details of a living legend who has contributed so much to modern pop culture. And Brian reveals the one question he would most like to ask Lucas today: “Are you happy?”

    It’s a fascinating conversation about the man at the center of Star Wars.

    Brian Jay Jones also wrote a wonderful biography of Muppet creator Jim Henson, and his current best-seller is this great book: “Becoming Dr. Seuss - Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination.”




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    • 46 min
    Goodbyes | 7

    Goodbyes | 7

    Alec Guinness tells a child to stop watching Star Wars and drives him to tears. Kenny Baker - the man inside R2D2 - dies, but not before meeting the son he never knew. After great emotional struggle, George Lucas sells Star Wars to Disney. After a lifetime of total control, now he has to say “goodbye.” Carrie Fisher boards a plane at Heathrow Airport in London in 2016 and stops breathing before reaching Los Angeles. The world says goodbye to Princess Leia. Lucas acknowledges the fact that Star Wars used to be his, and now it’s ours. He used to live only for movies - and then he had children. Finally, a wide-eyed return to a movie theater in 1977 and the first time anyone ever saw Star Wars.




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    • 31 min
    Star Wars Will Be a Bomb | 6

    Star Wars Will Be a Bomb | 6

    Shooting on Star Wars wraps, but the troubles are far from over. Lucas has to “crack the whip” at ILM, which is way behind on FX shots. Lucas discovers the perfect voice for Darth Vader. The John Williams score is finished and Lucas is moved to tears. He screens the film for his movie friends and the reception is ugly. The FOX sales team loves the movie, but the studio board is convinced they’re wrong - Star Wars will be an enormous bomb, they believe. So they move the release date early and dump it into a small number of theaters before it’s forgotten forever. And then, Star Wars premieres and is a phenomenon. Lines around the block everywhere. Lucas vacations with Spielberg and tosses out an idea for another movie, one led by a character named “Indiana Smith.” Lucas negotiates the sequels, then takes a long vacation from Star Wars until a new series of prequels. And that’s when the backlash begins. 




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    • 28 min
    Days and Nights of the Force | 5

    Days and Nights of the Force | 5

    Carrie Fisher auditions hairstyles and the “Buns of Navarone” are born. Star Wars begins shooting. Carrie is smitten by her handsome co-star, Harrison Ford. Greedo nearly suffocates during the Cantina sequence. George Lucas breaks the news to Alec Guinness that his character will be killed off - without a satisfying death scene, and Guinness is furious. Luke and Leia swing across a dangerous chasm, but first someone has to tape down Carrie Fisher’s breasts. Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin is a horror legend - where does he go on his bicycle every day during the shooting of Star Wars? Shooting nears its end and George Lucas falls into depression and despair. Strife with the studio continues, and now Lucas is suffering chest pains. Star Wars is literally going to kill him.




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    • 25 min
    Star Wars' Cinema Technology on American Innovations

    Star Wars' Cinema Technology on American Innovations

    To bring Star Wars to the screen, new technology had to be invented and utilized in ways never before imagined. On a new series of American Innovations, we go behind the scenes of the pioneering tools used to bring George Lucas’s vision to life. Listen now at wondery.fm/ai

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

Bajcotton ,

A must listen to for Star Wars fans!

Awesome. A must for those Star War fans who remember going to the movies to watch the original release. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the back story to how the movie was made.

Levi the spunk ,

Heartwarming but sometimes not authentic

It’s interesting to see how it came together for George Lucas and his backstory.
The end with George Lucas saying ‘I see Leia everywhere’ bought a tear to my eye.

There’s something to be said for collective experience of Star Wars inspiring generations to dream beyond the stars.

My biggest complaint was that the podcast didn’t feel authentic or genuine in parts.
One man provides all the voices (even for Carrie Fisher).
The host says he interviewed George Lucas, yet I’m pretty sure he does both voices here too (instead of recording the actual interview).

While the podcast focuses on George feeling he had failed during the making of Star Wars- it doesn’t seem to delight in the successes of filming until after the release.
I mean surely, George must have seen some of FX shots for the Death Star run and got excited during the making of that it was finally coming together.

Ged Big Kid ,

Big kid

I thoroughly enjoyed your tale, style, in fact everything. Thank you for putting a lot of work into producing this series of episodes about my favourite film series. Ged

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