Our Favorite Star Wars Scams

In the annals of pop culture, perhaps no film franchise has had as much of an effect on the world as star wars. The space fantasy saga has captured the hearts and minds of generations and will most likely continue to do so through its various incarnations. In fact, the latest inspiration will hit screens in the form of Zack Snyderit is rebel moon. The massive space epic was ironically born out of a star wars pitch that Snyder developed before Disney bought Lucasfilm, and Netflix hopes to turn it into a bona fide franchise.

rebel moon isn’t the only film to draw inspiration from a galaxy far, far away. Over the years, many filmmakers have used george lucasthe space saga as a model for their own films. Some of these films managed to carve out a niche in pop culture, while others were better forgotten. Here are some of the aforementioned films.

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space balls

Perhaps the best known star wars the parody is space balls. In line with his previous work History of the world, part one and Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks delivered a razor-sharp parody of a galaxy far, far away. Instead of Darth Vader’s towering threat, there’s the little black helmet (Rick Moranis). Instead of C-3P0 and R2-D2 there is the picky matrix (Joan Rivers). And Brooks even appears as Yogurt, a cleverly disguised piece about Jedi Master Yoda. The film became a cult classic and boasts some of the best comedic moments ever to hit the screen to this day. Case in point: Who could forget the time when Dark Helmet and Colonel Sandurz (george wyner) go down a meta rabbit hole when they appear in the space balls VHS tape?

Battle beyond the stars

rebel moon was said to be inspired by Seven Samurai as well as star wars. Although Snyder is not the first filmmaker to draw inspiration from Akira KurosawaNor is it the first action masterpiece to merge the two concepts. This honor goes to Battle beyond the stars. The concept came when Roger Cormanseeing the resounding success of Star Wars: A New Hope, destined to produce its own science fiction saga. And the end result, courtesy of the director Jimmy T. Murakami and screenwriter John Saylescertainly owes a lot to both A new hope and Seven Samurai because it features Shad (Richard Thomas) looking for mercenaries to help him defend his homeworld against the tyrant Sador (John Saxon). Although Battle beyond the stars was a modest box office success, it has two major claims to fame with James Horner composition of the score and james cameron special effects work. Cameron would go on to create his own epic sagas and even worked with Horner on films such as Avatar and Titanic.

Flash Gordon

star wars owes its entire existence to Flash Gordon. Lucas had long been a fan of Alexander Raymondspace hero, and attempted to obtain the rights to Dino De Laurentiis. When De Laurentiis declined, Lucas ended up developing A new hope. Flash Gordon would eventually find his way to the big screen thanks to the late Mike Hodgeswith Sam J. Jones playing the titular hero and Max VonSydow playing his nemesis Ming the Ruthless. Gordon has become a cult classic over the years, with many embracing its swashbuckling story and extravagant set design. He even served as inspiration for other filmmakers, including Taika Waititiwho used the film as a model for Thor: Ragnarok. And who could forget Queenis the epic score?

The Last Starfighter

Although most of the films on this list were directly made to emulate the success of star wars, The Last Starfighter is the only one who feels closest to what Lucas achieved with his original vision. As A new hope, the film pushed the boundaries of visual effects. With the original tron, it is one of the first films to make extensive use of computer-generated effects. And while most sci-fi franchises of the time followed the well-worn “hero’s journey,” Starfighter bluntly shows how being “the chosen one” isn’t all it’s made out to be. Jonathan R. Bétuelwho wrote Starfighterthe screenplay of, is currently working on a sequel with Gary Whitta — and ironically the latter dabbled in star wars universe with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Hollywood is full of movies that have tried, and failed, to continue a trend. Who can forget the multiple attempts to revive a franchise that mimicked the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the films that look like pale imitations of John Wick? Krull is a key example of this, as he tried to capitalize on the success of star wars as well as the wave of fantastic films. But right from the jump, he was plagued with multiple problems. The script was constantly being rewritten, resulting in a story that felt like a pale imitation of much better films with a bag of cliches. The chosen one, the magic weapon only he can wield, the inescapable evil… it had been done before, and done better. The fact that it came out the same year as Return of the Jedi didn’t help matters either.

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

When you hear the words Battlestar Galactica, you’re more than likely thinking of the beloved SyFy series. But before Ronald D. Mooreis a brilliant reinvention, Battlestar Galactica was a short-lived series on ABC. Both battle star share a similar premise: humanity races through the stars, trying to stay ahead of the race of machines known as the Cylons while finding the mythical planet Earth. From the jump, the comparisons with star wars were inevitable — and sparked two different lawsuits as both Lucas and 20th Century Fox believed the show was stealing their jobs. But the most damning indictment came from a legendary sci-fi author isaac asimov: “Star Wars was fun and I enjoyed it. But Battlestar Galactica has been star wars start all over again, and I couldn’t enjoy it without amnesia.”

Starchasher: The Legend of Orin

Even the animation wasn’t immune to the star wars enthusiasm, thanks to the existence of Starchaser: The Legend of Orin. True to its title, The Legend of Orin centered on Orin (Joe Colligan), a young man who discovers a mysterious sword and fights against the tyrant Zygon (Antoine deLongis). Again, the pitfalls of star wars are present throughout the film, from a magic sword to an evil emperor. And critics were only too happy to point out the similarities. But orine has a major claim to fame, as it was the first film to mix traditional and computer-generated animation.

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