Never Tell Me The Odds! How A Bet With George Lucas Made Steven Spielberg Millions From ‘Star Wars’


20130211-george-lucas-306x-1360601228We all know now how successful Star Wars has been, but once upon a time, Saga creator George Lucas wasn’t so sure that it would find an audience. According to his friend and fellow blockbuster movie director Steven Spielberg, Lucas was so convinced that Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope would be a flop that he offered to trade 2.5% of profit earned from the film for 2.5% profit from Spielberg’s own soon to be released science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The future would show that neither man had anything to worry about: Both films were successful, but A New Hope would soon outpace Close Encounters and become one of the biggest box office hits of all time.

Lucky for Spielberg, he took Lucas up on his trade, and according to an article published by Business Insider, that decision has probably netted him $40 million and counting from the film.

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