Star Wars is an epic space franchise, centred on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of a range of exciting characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”. The franchise began in 1977 with the release of the film Star Wars which became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. It was followed by the successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy. A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005. A sequel trilogy began in 2015 with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. All seven films were nominated for Academy Awards and have been commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of over US$7.5 billion, making Star Wars the third highest-grossing film series. In 2012, The Walt Disney Company bought Lucas film for US$4.06 billion and earned the distribution rights to all subsequent Star Wars films, beginning with the release of The Force Awakens in 2015. Annabelle signed a DTR agreement with Lucas film in 2016.