The Star Wars prequel trilogy is a series of epic space-opera films written and directed by George Lucas. It was produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The trilogy was released from 1999 to 2005 and is a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy (1977–83). It consists of Star Wars: Episode I–The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II–Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III–Revenge of the Sith (2005). It is the second of the three trilogies in the Skywalker saga in terms of release order, but chronologically is the first act.