It was the early 1970s, and a Hollywood revolution was under way. It’s just that nobody knew it yet. But a couple of friends were hard at work, honing their craft. And by the time the decade was done, they would change the way we looked at movies forever. Those two friends, of course, were Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. A new podcast, Blockbuster, traces their paths and their friendship from their early days through their big breakthroughs with Jaws and Star Wars. We’ve spoken with both men before, and while Spielberg knew there was something different about Jaws, he also told us the success of the film also had to do with something far beyond his control. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
Star Wars, on the other hand, kind of defied all expectations and explanation when it was released. Lucas has told us what it was like as he waited for word on how his movie’s modest opening went. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Lucas)
Of course, after they had each achieved great success on their own, they came together and worked on Raiders of the Lost Ark. They knew there was going to be something special about the character, Indiana Jones, and Lucas told us that creating Indy was really a labor of love. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Lucas)
Blockbuster, the podcast tracing the rise of Spielberg and Lucas, can be found at Apple iTunes, Spotify, and other streaming platforms.