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Having become the most successful science fiction franchise in media history (''see: [[Paramount Pictures#Footnotes|Paramount Pictures: Footnote 7]]''), the Hollywood studios United Artists and [[Universal Studios]] declined the opportunity to become part of it when they were approached by Lucas in the mid-1970s with the proposition for what was to become the first ''Star Wars'' movie installment of the same title. [http://www.popmatters.com/feature/165507-abandoned-star-wars-plot-points-episode-ii-the-force-behind-the-scen/] The studio that had picked up the project, 20th Century Fox, refused to buy the marketing and licensing rights when Lucas needed additional funding to finish his movie. United Artists was ended after its 1980 disastrous western ''Heaven's Gate''; Universal Studios did ultimately manage to produce the far less successful ''Star Wars''-"inspired" science fiction franchise ''Battlestar Galactica'' of its own; and 20th Century Fox, aside from missing out on any and all takes from the huge ''Star Wars'' merchandise sales, is now completely out of the loop after the sale of LucasFilms to the Walt Disney Corporation in 2012. Incidentally, adjusted for inflation the first ''Star Wars'' movie has become the all-time most grossing movie in history, only surpassed by the 1939 movie ''Gone with he Wind''. It has been joined by all the others, including the seventh one, in the top-200, whereas none of the ''Star Trek'' ones have made the list. [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm]

Having become the most successful science fiction franchise in media history (''see: [[Paramount Pictures#Footnotes|Paramount Pictures: Footnote 7]]''), the Hollywood studios United Artists and [[Universal Studios]] declined the opportunity to become part of it when they were approached by Lucas in the mid-1970s with the proposition for what was to become the first ''Star Wars'' movie installment of the same title. [http://www.popmatters.com/feature/165507-abandoned-star-wars-plot-points-episode-ii-the-force-behind-the-scen/] The studio that had picked up the project, 20th Century Fox, refused to buy the marketing and licensing rights when Lucas needed additional funding to finish his movie. United Artists was ended after its 1980 disastrous western ''Heaven's Gate''; Universal Studios did ultimately manage to produce the far less successful ''Star Wars''-"inspired" science fiction franchise ''Battlestar Galactica'' of its own; and 20th Century Fox, aside from missing out on any and all takes from the huge ''Star Wars'' merchandise sales, is now completely out of the loop after the sale of LucasFilms to the Walt Disney Corporation in 2012. Incidentally, adjusted for inflation the first ''Star Wars'' movie has become the all-time most grossing movie in history, only surpassed by the 1939 movie ''Gone with he Wind''. It has been joined by all the others, including the seventh one, in the top-200, whereas none of the ''Star Trek'' ones have made the list. [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm]

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Coincidentally, the DVD release of ''Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens'' is April 5, 2016, exactly [[47]] years before the projected date of [[First_Contact#Human-Vulcan_first_contact|first contact with the Vulcans]] in ''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]''.

== ''Star Trek'' in ''Star Wars'' ==

== ''Star Trek'' in ''Star Wars'' ==

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