History Channel Reveals Star Wars Legacy

The History Channel is set to air a new two-hour special that seeks to explain why the Star Wars saga remains relevant and continues to have emotional impact 30 years after the first film took the world by storm. Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed is exec produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Burns, who previously brought us the popular Star Wars documentary Empire of Dreams and the Superman retrospective Look, Up in the Sky! His latest trip to a galaxy far, far away will premiere on Monday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Among the public figures tapped to weigh in with their thoughts on the enduring appeal of the world and characters created by George Lucas are filmmakers Peter Jackson and Kevin Smith, broadcasters Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw, politicians Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi, and author Carl Silvio. Through these interviews and footage from all six films, the special aims to get to the heart of the phenomenon and examines its various influences, which include Greek mythology, biblical tales, Samurai films, American westerns and even Vaudeville.

“The enduring appeal of Star Wars,” says Brokaw, “is that it’s this vastly entertaining piece of cinema that also leaves you with the idea that there are some real issues out there that we ought to be thinking abou’good and evil, right and wrong, and heroism. Generations of people a long time from now will be enthralled by it, just as we are enthralled by the story of Robin Hood or King Arthur’s Court or any of the Shakespearean tales.”

“The idea of the underdog who’s on the right side defeating the overdog who’s on the wrong side is a deeply American mythology,” adds former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Other themes touched on in the special include environmentalism, racism, gender roles and the temptations of power and greed. The show will also look at parallels between the movies and modern politics, juxtaposing film clips with speeches made by George W. Bush and other leading public officials.

Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed is produced by Prometheus Entertainment in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. Beth Dietrich Segarra is exec producer for The History Channel.