Star Wars Was Supposed to be a Flash Gordon Remake

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But as it turned out, Star Wars wasn’t meant to be an original series at all. George Lucas was a huge Flash Gordon fan growing up and his dream project was to make a Flash Gordon movie. But Lucas couldn’t get the rights to Flash Gordan. And so he decided to rip it off, changing the names of characters and locations. Over dozens of drafts, the story changed and became its own original story: Star Wars.