The Evolution of the Spielberg Summer Blockbuster
Lights! Camera! Action! Here, six degrees and more of the master director and his Tinseltown squad.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) written and directed by Spielberg’s best buddy, George Lucas.
The two friends collaborated on Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
…which Spielberg followed up with one of his most beloved films, E.T. (1982).
Not content to only direct, Spielberg executive produced mega-hit Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels.
Moving into animation, he also executive produced Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988).
Then he brought dinosaurs to life with Jurassic Park (1993) and also lent his executive producing chops to Men in Black (1997).
Spielberg turned the definition of summer blockbuster on its head with the Second World War epic and five-time Oscar winner, Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Always a mentor, his prolific protege J.J. Abrams directed the blockbusters Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) before turning his lens to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the biggest blockbuster of all-time, though not released in the summer.
Handing the T. Rex and directing reins to young-gun Colin Trevorrow, Spielberg oversaw Jurassic World (2015) as executive producer.
And perhaps this summer’s Spielberg blockbuster, The BFG, which debuted at Cannes in May, will hit theatres on Canada Day.