TimeLine : The Making of Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: 1944-1974 . 1975 . 1976 . 1977
The Empire Strikes Back: 1978 . 1979 . 1980
Return of the Jedi: 1981 . 1982 . 1983

    January 25, 1983

  • Some rerecording of lines takes place at Mayflower Recording Studios in London for the final mix of the film.

    January 27, 1983

  • George Lucas, feeling that it was not appropriate for a Jedi to seek revenge, changes the title of the film back to Return of the Jedi.

    May 12, 1983

  • The Return of the Jedi novelization is released.

    May 23, 1983

  • George Lucas appears on the cover of Time Magazine for their story on Return of the Jedi.

    May 25, 1983

  • The Return of the Jedi is released in theaters.

    Late 1983

  • Kenner releases its sixth set of Star Wars action figures including Admiral Ackbar, Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, Bib Fortuna, Tessek (Squid Head), Gamorrean Guard, Weequay, Princess Leia Boushh Disguise, Nien Nunb, Chief Chirpa, Logray, Emperor's Royal Guard, Imperial Biker Scout, General Madine, Lando Calrissian Skiff Guard Disguise, Ree-Yees, Klaatu, Rebel Commando, Jabba the Hutt, Salacious B Crumb, Max Rebo, Droopy McCool, Sy Snootles, Klaatu Skiff Guard, Prune Face, AT-ST Driver, Wicket W Warrick, Teebo, Han Solo Trench Coat, Princess Leia Combat Poncho, Nikto, B-Wing Pilot, 8D8, Rancor Keeper, The Emperor, Paploo, Lumat.

    November 21, 1983

  • Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi, hosted by Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams, airs on television.

    May 23, 1984

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is released in theaters.

    June 1984

  • Star Wars premieres on network television (CBS).

    November 25, 1984

  • The Ewok Adventure premieres on ABC television. The film is released theatrically in the UK and Australia under the title Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure.

  • 20th Century Fox releases The Empire Strikes Back on Home Video.

    September 7, 1985

  • The Droids animated series debuts on ABC.

  • The Ewoks animated series debuts on ABC.

    Late 1985

  • Kenner releases its final set of original Star Wars action figures, including Han Solo Carbonite, Yak Face, Amanaman, Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper Disguise, General Lando Calrissian, EV-9D9, Imperial Gunner, Imperial Dignitary, Anakin Skywalker, Warok, Romba, Barada, A-Wing Pilot, R2-D2 Pop-up Lightsaber, Luke Skywalker Battle Poncho.

    November 24, 1985

  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor premieres on ABC television.

    January 1987

  • Star Tours opens at Disneyland.


  • George Lucas adopts a second daughter, Katie.

  • George Lucas mother Dorothy Lucas dies.

  • The original Death Star model used in A New Hope travels with its owner back to Missouri and is eventually stored in his mother's antique shop - Sutter's Mill Antiques (later renamed The Mexican Hillbilly) in the Lake of the Ozarks. The model is eventually sold to Mark S. the owner of the country and western music show called Star World, where the model would be on display in the lobby.

    May 28, 1988

  • Willow is released to theaters.

    May 24, 1989

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is released to theaters.


  • George Lucas father George Walton Lucas dies.

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