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"Star Wars" lore goes that when George Lucas was putting his film together, no one could have guessed just how big it would become. Indeed, the space fantasy turned into a pop culture phenomenon, that even decades on, has rarely been matched. When Disney paid $4 billion just for the rights to the franchise, it spoke to the ongoing appeal and longevity of Lucas' creation, which makes it all the sobering to realize that Lucas initially had trouble finding a home for the project. And even his filmmaking friends Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin turned him down. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Friedkin reveals that he was approached by Lucas about "Star Wars," and wound up passing on it. "None of us could see the tsunami of 'Star Wars.' It happened rather quickly. You know, virtually every studio passed on 'Star Wars.' I had a company with Coppola »

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