In 1977, Star Wars was released into movie theaters and changed cinema forever. Not only was it a great popcorn flick, not only did it become a cultural phenomenon, but it got studios more interested in the sort of big budget tentpole movies which dominate cinemas today. Without Star Wars, modern movies might look very different.
After the film came out, there was an immediate appetite to capitalize on the success. Enter Star Wars Holiday Special, a bizarre drama starring several of the big actors from the movie, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Mostly the special revolves around Chewbacca heading to his home planet of Kashyyyk for Life Day, a made-up holiday that has since been ironically celebrated by Star Wars fans everywhere. Around 13 million people tuned in to watch the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978, and every one of them left thinking, ‘What the hell was that?’
Now, a documentary seeks to answer that question. A Disturbance In The Force will air in select theaters across the the U.S., U.K. and Australia ahead of its launch on Blu-ray on December 5, according to Variety. Watch the trailer below:
For years, the Star Wars Holiday Special was the most embarrassing thing to come out of the Star Wars universe, although it did become something of a camp classic over the years, a so-bad-it’s-good affair that could be enjoyable even if it’s objectively terrible. Since then, the Star Wars franchise has had lots of ups and downs. Will The Book of Boba Fett ever get a documentary made about it? Time will tell. Until then, A Disturbance In The Force looks like a fun way to look back at a curious period in Star Wars history.