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Legendary Star Wars Producer Gary Kurtz dies at 78

Star Wars Franchise Legend Gary Kurtz has passed away at the age of 78.

Kurtz produced both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back in collaboration with George Lucas.

His body of work also included American Graffiti, The Dark Crystal,  Return to Oz and Slipstream.

He was nominated on multiple occasions for Oscars.

Gary Kurtz

How Did Gary Kurtz Die?

Gary Kurtz had been suffering from cancer and the disease took his life.

Split with Lucas

Kurtz left the Star Wars franchise after disagreements with George Lucas over the direction in which Return of the Jedi was taking the franchise.

Kurtz claimed that after Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, Lucas became convinced that audiences no longer cared about the story and were simply there for thrills and entertainment, and began to deviate from the originally planned plotlines for Return of the Jedi, at which point Kurtz quit the series. Kurtz has also claimed that Lucas changed the emphasis from storytelling to prioritizing toy merchandising


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